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World opinion is divided on the importance of having a free press, according to a poll conducted for the BBC World Service. Of those interviewed, 56% thought that freedom of the press was very important to ensure a free society. But 40% said it was more important to maintain social harmony and peace, even if it meant curbing the press's freedom to report news truthfully. Pollsters interviewed 11,344 people in 14 countries for the survey...

2007-12-10

 democracy censorship press journalism freedom totalitarian regime
Thousands of opposition protesters in Belarus have tried to storm the government headquarters, following the country's presidential election. The demonstrators smashed windows and the doors of the building in Minsk, but were later pushed back by riot police...

2010-12-19

 Belarus election protest revolt president Alexander Lukashenko totalitarian
Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has told the BBC he is loved by all his people and has denied there have been any protests in Tripoli.

2011-02-28

 Libya video revolution totalitarian al-Qaeda protest cult of personality propaganda
Strange natural phenomena have been witnessed in North Korea since the death of the country's leader Kim Jong-il, the state news agency KCNA reports. Ice cracked on a famous lake "so loud, it seemed to shake the Heavens and the Earth", and a mysterious glow was seen on a revered mountain top, KCNA said. The personality cult surrounding North Korea's founding father and son bestows near-divine status on them...

2011-12-22

 superstition North Korea Kim Jong-il death nature totalitarian