We all know this to be a fact that when writing as a Chinese or a Russian citizen one must self censor. If not the authorities could arrest you and you’d end up in prison or a lot worse. Should this writer like me criticize a dictator like Putin while passing through his Russia, I’d be deep in boracht soup. I’m pleased to say Americans and generally reporters in Western countries don’t have to be too darn concerned about government control over what they say. They can be as indiscrete and as insulting as they believe necessary. Americans say what they want no matter how true it is or not, and are never punished for it. Castigated yes, criticized of course, but the writers and speakers are never severely penalized under our Constitution which provides us the right and the privilege of free speech.
But contrary to this…
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