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Censorship

Broadly speaking, censorship refers to the limitation of the civil liberty of expression of thought, intended for the protection of public interest and implemented through the examination, by an authority, of written or theatrical works with the aim of permitting or prohibiting their publication or reproduction. Censorship deals with control, censure, and repression of certain contents, ideas, or expressions by an authority that either has a legal license and power to sanction or takes illegally the power to censor.

Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “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.” After ...

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