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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Public Relations:

  • Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use overview to the field
  • Covers over 150 central concepts in PR
  • Paves the way for students to tackle primary texts
  • Grounds students in both practice and theory
  • Takes it further with recommended reading
Censorship
Censorship

Censorship is typically defined broadly to include:

the control of information that is given out … Censors are not just people with big black pens cutting out information which they don't like from books or letters, or with scissors chopping out bits of film or video. As well as government officials, they can be owners of publications, judges, editors, advertisers or even the writers themselves. Nor are they always in far-off countries ruled by dictatorships. (Woolmar, 1990: 7)

This definition highlights a number of interesting features of censorship. First, while censorship is most readily defined negatively as withholding information, Woolmar's phrase ‘control of information that is given out’ suggests that censorship may also involve a more proactive distribution of information. The ‘over-provision’ of information can be a ...

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