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Could 2010 be the year of the censor? After collaborating with Chinese censorship for several years, Google is having second thoughts: an admirable move, but one that leaves the way open for even more extensive state control. January also saw Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo begin an 11-year prison sentence. His heinous crime: asking for greater freedom in line with human rights legislation. In Denmark, the attempt on cartoonist Kurt Westergaard’s life resurrected the cartoon controversy while, closer to home, the British government banned the extremist group Muslim4UK. Meanwhile, Ireland brought in new anti-blasphemy laws. Expressing ideas is becoming an increasingly…

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