‘Knowledge is power.’
It has become something of a cliché, but the saying ‘knowledge is power’ is a very true adage. No less so in the Arab world and the surrounding region – which is probably why so many different governmental authorities and regimes are so keen on controlling access to knowledge. Indeed, they do not stop there – information itself, the barest facts and figures, are also construed with great suspicion. Even data on public opinion itself, which ought to be the most unobtrusive type of information imaginable, can be considered a threat.
Short-sighted and dangerous
Knowledge, indeed, is power. But while it can warn, there are also some things it cannot protect againstH.A. Hellyer