Censorship Is A Way Of Regulating Information

877 WordsJul 16, 20154 Pages
Censorship Censorship is a way of regulating and examining various forms of media available to the general public. It occurs in different contexts, including books, films, art plays, radios, television programs, news, internet and communications. Censorship can be achieved by prior restraint, which consists of licensing system where a work has to be submitted before publication or court injunction prohibiting dissemination of information (Cohen 11). This type of censorship prevents certain materials from being published. On the other hand, censorship can also be achieved by suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive (Cohen 11). This indicates that censorship can be practiced in different forms and it can occur either before or after a work’s publication. According to Mark Cohen “Censorship in Canadian literature”, a censor is one who exercises official supervision over morals and conduct (3). There is always a driving factor behind censorship. One might argue that censors want to control the minds of young, because students who read might learn to think and question them. This might be taken as a tool of government control over its citizens. Throughout history censorship has become an enemy of freedom and democracy (Cohen 5). However according to article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression” (United Nations). The First Amendment of the United States Constitution also
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