Censorship (Global Issues) by Frank Caso

By Frank Caso

Censorship examines the heritage and present practices of censorship in 5 countries--the united states, Russia, China, Egypt, and Zimbabwe--and discusses key counterstrategies. This enlightening new quantity includes proper basic resource records; details on the way to study and assessment assets; biographical info on very important figures whose lives have been, or are, associated with censorship; and a listing of U.S. and overseas corporations and organisations.

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In the past, this censorship has most often applied to theater and literature (as well as some po­liti­cal writing), but, with all the new entertainment technologies beginning in the late 19th century, it has extended to films, tele­vi­sion, recorded music, magazines, and the Internet. Moral censorship seeks to protect the sensibilities of children, but often the debate centering around it is hampered by the ­all-­or-­nothing attitudes taken by proponents and opponents, which often fail to take into account the circumstances of the application.

At the April 1863 Ohio Demo­cratic con-­ vention, Vallandigham spoke against the war and against what he viewed as federal usurpation of state powers. Burnside promptly ordered Val-­ landigham’s arrest. He was tried by a military commission and found guilty. As expected, there was an outcry in the Demo­cratic press. One of the Demo­ cratic newspapers, the Chicago Times, was so vehement in its criticism of the Vallandigham affair and the Lincoln administration in general, that 22 Fo c u s on the Unite d St ate s General Burnside ordered it closed down.

Prior Restraint When writers must have approval of the government before publishing, the practice is called prior restraint. Licensing laws, which require registration of writers and publications, are an example of prior restraint, as the purpose of such laws is to weed out dissent before it occurs. 16 Introduction Prior restraint has also been used when official censors decide what scenes or dialogue are unacceptable in a film. Postpublication The most common postpublication censorship involves the banning of books, newspapers, periodicals, films, and music.

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