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Published on May 3, 2011
Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, spoke with Georgetown University student reporters Deirdre Bannon and Allison Brennan about Internet censorship. The Washington Declaration, adopted today, stirred up controversy about the delineation between what constitutes legitimate and illegitimate censorship. The Declaration specifically says "Recognizing that this access has been illegitimately and abusively restricted by some governments and that communication technologies can be manipulated to curtail the exercise of civil liberties by citizens..." Those who took exception to the language wondered where the line between legitimate and illegitimate censorship exists. So, we asked Ms. Otero to clarify State Department's position.
Video by Allison Brennan and Deirdre Bannon, Georgetown University Student Press Team