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Report on Censorship The aim of this report is to research the history and recent events of censorship. I shall look at examples and consider people's opinions. I want to learn about how people dealt with censorship. I visited the local library and used the internet and my own knowledge to gain information about censorship. WHAT IS CENSORSHIP? Censorship is the act of suppressing publications, films, television programmes, plays, and letters that are considered to be obscene, blasphemous or politically unacceptable. A person with the authority to carry out this activity is called a censor. There are many forms of censorship: books can be banned or cut, newspapers can have articles withdrawn, and plays are not given licenses and therefore cannot be performed. In some countries, where people are punished for their religious or political beliefs, they are often subject to censorship and banned from speaking in public or publishing their writings. There are arguments for and against censorship. ...read more.


Some things however have stayed the same. There are still dictatorships in Africa, Asia and the Middle East where much information is suppressed. In Syria and Iraq the list of banned books is longer than the list of the permitted ones. Some 10,000 books are banned in Israel. In North Korea political opinion is censored: imported radios have their dials fixed to prevent the reception of the foreign programmes. THE SATANIC VERSES The Satanic Verses was writhen by the former Rugby School pupil Salman Rushdie. The publication of this book in 1988 caused worldwide controversy. Muslims found it deeply offensive and attacked Rushdie for sacrilege and blasphemy. Copies of the book were burnt in many Islamic countries and by Muslims in Britain. On 14 February 1989, the Muslim leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa or death threat sentence on Rushdie. During the twelve months after the fatwa was issued, the publishers, Penguin Books, received death threats, twelve British bookshops were firebombed and many were threatened. ...read more.


Perhaps it is alright to censor when it is a matter of security but not when it hides some truth our government doesn't want us to know about, for example, how many civilians have been killed. During the World War one news was censored. The dreadful conditions at the front only became known when soldiers returned on leave. With less censorship perhaps the war would have taken another path. CONCLUSION In conclusion after doing this report I have learnt that censorship has been going on for many, many years, in all shapes and sizes. I have looked at all types of censorship. Censorship has changed with society. For example in 1878 Annie Besant was imprisoned for publishing a book about birth control, nowadays we would think that was a ridiculous reason to be put in prison. Also censorship on the Internet hasn't been around for long because the Internet is quite a recent invention. I have learnt a lot during the writing and researching of this report and I hope it helps others realize what censorship is. 1 ...read more.

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