It is easy to identify weak insecure sensitive governments once records of the Press and human rights freedoms are examined. I submit that in countries with weak governments or mostly with authoritarian rulers, suppression of human rights and of the Press, become prevalent as policy in attempts to retain power in light of real societal problems governments would rather not address. In China, it has become the norm to censor and to suppress the Press and human freedoms so that the communists could cling to absolute power. Yet, in China, the communists are witnessing an up tick in the number of protests yearly reaching a startling 190,000. Thus, the Press is not a contributing factor to anti-government actions in China, but the communists and their form of government and policies are the real sources of demonstrations in China. In Russia, in Syria, in Thailand and elsewhere, the facts are similar.
The jailing for seven-years of reputable journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed by an Egyptian court along with another 11 journalists who were tried, convicted and sentenced in absentia, underscores the weakness and insecurity of the Egyptian government.
A litmus test of the health of these governments would be: should full freedom of rights and of the Press be granted today, will these governments still stand tomorrow? The answer is an emphatic no! They are inherently weak. They are week because they fail to serve the people. They owe their mere existences to censorship and suppression of freedoms used as control tools to keep most of the people stupid and oblivious of the true nature and incompetence of their governments. Moreover, such regimes have, and will continue to be prone to violent uprisings that pose threats to global security as their internal conflicts transcend their national borders.