The Negative Effects of Censorship

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Since the foundation of the United States after a harsh split from Britain, almost 200 years later, an issue that could claim the founding grounds for the country is now being challenged by educators, high-ranking officials, and other countries. Though it is being challenged, many libertarians, democrats, and free-speech thinkers hold the claim that censorship violates our so-called unalienable rights, as it has been proven throughout many court cases. Censorship in the United States is detrimental because it has drastically and negatively altered many significant events. Censorship allows governments more control of society than they already have, slowly progressing governments utilizing censorship to a dictatorship. Often times, this…show more content…
As proven by the text, censorship violates the Constitution. Though many challenge those words, many people and corporations have defended expression and freedom of speech in a court of law. According to “Supreme Court Refuses to Revive Online Censorship Law”, as published by the American Civil Liberties Union website claims that a potential government ban on COPA, the Child Online Protection Act, an act that would make constitutionally-protected words on the Internet illegal, the Supreme Court rebutted that it would not hear a case on the appeal of a ban for this act. According to the leading counsel on this case, Chris Hansen, a founding reason for this appeal is the ACLU’s belief that it is not the government’s jurisdiction what people do on the internet, and that those personal decisions are the responsibility of individuals and their families (“ACLU Wins”). Approximately 200 years after the authorship of the Bill of Rights, the belief of expression still stands. According to Tom Jacobs, author of “10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know” as published by The New York Times, the court case Tinker v. Des Moines School District was a key case in the fight
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