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Weeks in jail served by a Polish journalist in 1992 for calling Solidarity leaders “politicos,” “careerists,” and “dopes”: 10

Weeks in jail served by a Polish journalist in 1992 for calling Solidarity leaders “politicos,” “careerists,” and “dopes”: 10

Chances an American believes “the next generation will enjoy less personal freedom”: 1 in 2

Chances an American believes “the next generation will enjoy less personal freedom”: 1 in 2

Estimated number of “objectionable” Web pages to which Microsystems’ Cyber Patrol program blocks access: 3,000,000

Estimated number of “objectionable” Web pages to which Microsystems’ Cyber Patrol program blocks access: 3,000,000

Average number of Freedom of Information Act requests filed each day last year: 1,644

Average number of Freedom of Information Act requests filed each day last year: 1,644

Percentage of these filed by companies seeking information about government contracts and regulatory loopholes: 75

Percentage of these filed by companies seeking information about government contracts and regulatory loopholes: 75

Amount of corporate funding or advertising accepted by the Pacifica Radio Network’s five stations since 1949: 0

Amount of corporate funding or advertising accepted by the Pacifica Radio Network’s five stations since 1949: 0

Number of days last July that Pacifica locked out the entire staff of Berkeley’s KPFA over internal politics: 17

Number of days last July that Pacifica locked out the entire staff of Berkeley’s KPFA over internal politics: 17

Percentage of major U.S. recording labels that use the parental warning stickers advocated by Tipper Gore in 1985: 100

Percentage of major U.S. recording labels that use the parental warning stickers advocated by Tipper Gore in 1985: 100

Years after Frank Zappa called Gore’s campaign “extortion‚” that his daughter recorded a single featuring her on drums: 14

Years after Frank Zappa called Gore’s campaign “extortion‚” that his daughter recorded a single featuring her on drums: 14

Number of staff members fired from New York’s nonprofit WBAI-FM since December and banned from its premises: 12

Number of staff members fired from New York’s nonprofit WBAI-FM since December and banned from its premises: 12

Number of surveillance cameras installed at WBAI’s studios in May to monitor remaining employees: 8

Number of surveillance cameras installed at WBAI’s studios in May to monitor remaining employees: 8

Percentage of Americans in November who believed the government was censoring news from the war in Afghanistan: 59

Percentage of Americans in November who believed the government was censoring news from the war in Afghanistan: 59

Percentage of these Americans who thought such censorship was “a good idea”: 80

Percentage of these Americans who thought such censorship was “a good idea”: 80

Price of a bleepinator, a device for TV broadcasters that “surgically removes indecent words and phrases”: $9,995

Price of a bleepinator, a device for TV broadcasters that “surgically removes indecent words and phrases”: $9,995

Months, beginning in 2001, that the federal government’s online condom fact sheet disappeared from its website: 17

Months, beginning in 2001, that the federal government’s online condom fact sheet disappeared from its website: 17

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