Suppressing Free Speech in Politics

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Politicians can try to reduce the public pressure on them by suppressing free speech.  There are several ways of doing this:

All these measures reduced the legitimacy of the politicians concerned and reduced their ability to be acceptable to the population as a whole – losing the advantages of two-way communication between politicians and the people (


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