What is censorship?

  • (noun): Counterintelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy.
    Synonyms: censoring, security review
    See also — Additional definitions below

Censorship

Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body. It can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship. It occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of reasons including national security, to control obscenity, child pornography, and hate speech, to protect children, to promote or restrict political or religious views, to prevent slander and libel, and to protect intellectual property. It may or may not be legal. Many countries provide strong protections against censorship by law, but none of these protections are absolute and it is frequently necessary to balance conflicting rights in order to determine what can and cannot be censored.

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Censorship By Country
... Main article Censorship by country Censorship by country collects information on censorship, Internet censorship, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of speech ...
Central Board Of Film Certification
... to as the Censor Board) is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India ... See also Censorship in India) According to the Supreme Court of India “ Film censorship becomes necessary because a film motivates thought and action and assures a high degree of ... Censorship by prior restraint is, therefore, not only desirable but also necessary ” ...
Telecommunications In Argentina - Internet - Censorship
... Technical filtering of the Internet is uncommon in Argentina ... The regulation of Internet content addresses largely the same concerns and strategies seen in North America and Europe, focusing on combating the spread of child pornography and restricting child access to age-inappropriate material ...
Library Bill Of Rights - History
... in many parts of the world point to growing intolerance, suppression of free speech, and censorship affecting the rights of minorities and individuals," a reference to the emergence of ... During the Cold War period, the Library Bill of Rights supported opponents of censorship of materials interpreted as communist propaganda ... a major revision of the document, which strengthened it significantly to address the new wave of censorship attempts that marked the beginning of the Second Red Scare, and was subsequently attacked in ...

More definitions of "censorship":

  • (noun): Deleting parts of publications or correspondence or theatrical performances.
    Synonyms: censoring

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