Self-censorship in Latin America
Empirical evidence from Mexico and Colombia
Keywords:self-censorship, chilling effect, freedom of expression, religious freedom, Christians, Mexico, Colombia, Latin America
The trend of secular intolerance in Latin America has impacted the expression of the Christian faith, manifestations of faith-based views, and even the behavior of Chris- tians. Based on 40 interviews we conducted with Christian members and represen- tatives of the political sector, media, education and church, in Colombia and Mexico, we show that at least a subset of the Christian population self-censors in order not to be affected by legal sanctions or a hostile environment. This self-censorship is the result of a “chilling effect” whereby Christians tend to conform to dominant rules or norms for fear of being sanctioned or criticized.
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