Suppression of Dissent Law and Legal Definition

Suppression of dissent refers to a situation where an individual or a group which is powerful than another, tries directly or indirectly, to censor, persecute or otherwise oppress another party instead of constructively responding to or accommodate the weaker party’s argument or viewpoint. In such cases where the dissent is perceived as a threat, action may be taken to prevent continuing dissent or penalize dissidents.

Suppression can be broadly classified into:

1. direct action ;

2. indirect actions; and

3. self-censorship.