90% of Middle East governments limit religious media
90% of governments (18 of 20) in the Middle East and North Africa limit religious literature or broadcasting, including 55% (11) that limit religious content on the Internet. Worldwide, the new report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that restrictions on religious literature and broadcasting have been rising steadily in recent years. The number of countries that limit religious literature and broadcasting rose from 67 in 2007 to 86 in 2010, while the number of countries whose governments do not restrict religious literature and broadcasting fell from 130 to 111 over the same period. This trend is part of what the report describes as a “rising tide” of restrictions on religion around the world.