Censorship Of The Media By Herbert Foerstel

3055 Words Dec 11th, 2014 13 Pages
“The British tradition of censoring speech and press to preserve governmental power and dignity stems from the 1275 enactment of De Scandalis Magnatum, which initially imposed penalties for any false talk about the king and later covered such expression about any government officials” [Foerstel, 1998: 4]

Censorship of the media - as described by Herbert Foerstel - took shape during the reign of King Edward I. Ever since he made the decision to protect his government from the press the law has continued to evolve, and while the regulations have since loosened to give the media freedom, the idea behind the law remains constant. But can censorship be justified in a period, which by law (Article 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998) offers the right to freedom of speech and acceptance of opinion and interpretation?

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority regardless of frontiers.” [HRA, 1998: Article 10]

Aims of content:

• Establishing the advantages and disadvantages of censorship
• Finding circumstances in which censorship can be justified in a democracy
• Pointing out the dangers with censorship
• To use examples, such as the Vietnam War and Page 3 to illustrate the first two points

Censorship is “restrictions on communication flows imposed by the government rather than the media itself or consumers of it… Certainly a desire to…

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