Yuval Noah Harari in one of his books argues about the a newer form of censorship:
In the past, censorship worked by blocking the flow of information. In the 21st century, censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information. People just don't know what to pay attention to, and they often spend their time investigating and debating side issues.
However, according to Wikipedia there are still lots of countries that rely on classic censorship:
Censorship by country collects information on censorship, Internet censorship, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of speech, and Human Rights by country and presents it in a sortable table.
Sorting by FH Free press report, the are many countries that are marked as "Not Free": North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Iran, Cuba etc.
I am wondering if there is a way to assess which form is more harmful for people living in a state using at least one form of censorship.
Question: Which form of censorship is more harmful: through suppression vs. through flooding?