Censorship (Media Studies)

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  • The act of prohibiting, discouraging, or condemning cultural practices that are considered inappropriate, dangerous, or obscene by one element of a culture. Censorship can be performed by any religious, political, social, governmental, commercial, or moral group regardless of its affiliations or political agenda. Through censorship, particular images, ideas, words, materials, acts, or information are suppressed (or suppression is attempted) with the intention of protecting citizens from their purported influence. The goal of censorship is the control of the free expression of ideas by labeling some types of information as subversive, profane, vulgar, or necessarily secret. Censorship is a common component of most cultures because there are always competing ideas about what constitutes appropriate behavior in every society. Even democracies are not immune to censorship ...

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