Prohibited news publications that are created behind the back of authoritarian governments are considered underground newspapers. In countries other than the United States, the term underground usually referred to illegal activity. There was a large uprising in the western nations due to the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s.
Today, the underground press exists mainly in countries with restricted freedoms and a lack of democracy. It is a way for journalists to spread their message, yet can be incredibly dangerous. Those who work for underground newspapers in non-democratic countries face horrible repercussions like arrest, beatings, or even death.
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