Tues, Oct 21/14
Government Censorship of Media
Censorship by definition is
the practice of officially examining and suppressing details. The word
censorship, originally neutral in tone, the term has come to mean the suppression of ideas or images by the government or others with authority. (encyclopedia.com) This can be
done with movies, books, the media and so forth and is sometimes used by the government as a form of control over the populations.
Should the government really be allowed to censor
the media. Government censorship can be highly dangerous as it can cause humans as a whole to halt positive progress. If the media is censored people to lose their basic rights to freedom of speech, governments could turn into dictatorships, and can stop the progression of the humankind.
Freedom of speech is something that is often a blurred line and censorship can encroach upon peoples rights of speech. The idea of censorship of information by the government. If the government is censoring information from the public about controversial or damaging matters, people can not receive all the information they require in order to make accurate judgements on the sensitive topic. The consequences of this are that the views of the public are ultimately controlled by the government and therefore hold no restraints. Under the United Nations charter of human rights, article 19, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” (un.org). This states that everyone has the right to receive and express their
thoughts and ideas, on any topic, through any media. Some say that life comes before freedom of speech and it is not viable to let people or companies produce media that is harmful to others. (debate.org). Even James Madison, who was responsible for creating the US constitution’s protection of freedom of speech, said “it is often prudent to permit some abuse of freedom of expression in order to ensure that legitimate use of the right is not discouraged” (article19.org). This states that free speech should sometimes be denied in order to promote the legitimate use of it. This directly implies that not everyone's ideas and opinions are valid or important enough to be heard and this is supposed to be determined by the government, which is the direct opposite of free speech and expression of ideas. Freedom of speech and free information is critically important in a well functioning balanced society. To take this away would violate human rights and peoples ability to express their opinions and rights.
The idea of democracy in government and the ability to vote for your leaders has been fought over fiercely around the world. People around the world have fought for freedom for their entire lives and freedom can only come when people have access to all information available in order to make informed decisions about what is best for them and their country. An idea of free government was once stated by President Abraham Lincoln who said, “This nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people for the people.” What Lincoln was trying to say was that the government of a free nation must be made up of citizens and are there to serve the citizens of the country. If the government is censoring the information to the people then there is no accountability of whether their service to the people is honest and truthful. On the other hand some people say that government censorship is a good thing when it comes to the well being of a nation. If the government could deny information, if the government doesn't allow terrorism, socialism and