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Question 1Introduction- Today, I am going to be talking about the issue of freedom of press. Many countries these days are violating a basic human right, the right to speak freely, through restricting what is put into circulation by the media. Saudi Arabia is one of the most restrictive countries when it comes to the media and press. Yet, we have Saudi Arabia on our highly esteemed human rights council. Does this seem right, my fellow representatives? Stating the problem- I think we as the UN should be very concerned with the issue of restricting the media. Media is growing and becoming more and more commonplace in our world. Most citizens learn of the political climate in their respective countries through media, whether it be on television, radio, magazine, newspapers, or internet. So, when the media is restricted, it limits the views a person can have about what is going on in their country. It brainwashes people into thinking that their ruling political party is doing what is best for the people, even though it often times isn’t. Summary of article- I was reading an article recently called “Saudi Arabia Steps Up Censorship, Snaring Activists” by the Committee to Protect Journalists, and they highlighted some issues with Saudi Arabia’s press restrictions. I thought I should share some of what I learned. In January of 2011, Saudi Arabia increased already strict regulations on online media. Later in the year, King Abdullah put into place several amendments that would punish people who published works deemed contradictory to Sharia law. They also use the Saudis’ Specialized Criminal Court to challenge peaceful protestors and rights activists without a fair trial. This court is intended for convicting terrorists. And finally, the government criminalizes any media that is critical of the government or the religion of Islam. Numerous examples are mentioned in which the convicting person ended up with jail time and fines, all for publishing media that is “contradictory to the government.”Question 2 Syria- According to the article “10 Most Censored Countries” by the Committee to Protect Journalists, Syria is the third most censored country. Syria banned all independent news coverage in 2011 because people were calling for President Bashar al-Assad to be removed from office. They do not allow foreign reporters to come in, and have been known to kill, detain, and torture reporters even so much as cover a protest event.