What is censorship in the media?
Censorship is altering or cutting out parts of media forms in order to avoid offensive or questionable content being released to the public eye.
Censorship can be used in both society and in art forms. For example, censorship in society would include taking away peoples freedom of speech. In art forms the government can take down offensive material.
In some ways the media can be censored for specific groups based on factors such as age. This would be the G PG M MA R X ratings.
What media forms are censored?
A number of media forms can be censored such as:
- The News – Broadcasts can be changed in order to prevent panic among the population or to protect national security. To avoid controversy or trouble.
- Art forms and entertainment – This can be censored to prevent obscenity, hate speech and slander. Censorship can be to protect vulnerable groups such as children. Art forms include video games, music, colours, words, photos, websites, etc.
How does the Australian government censor the Australian media?
The government can censor the media by making laws that prevent certain content from being shown, they can also restrict who views content. Whitewashing is used in educational material and is the removal of conflicting events from history books. The government can ban/remove anything considered offensive or controversial by demanding that the creator remove it or taking it to a higher authority to have it removed.
Should censorship occur in Australia?
In some instances censorship is needed, especially concerning children ( exposure to violence or sexual content). But there is way to much censorship happening, the general public has a right to remove anything they find offensive, this is fine by itself. But the government is censoring controversial issues that the public has a right to know about. This dampens the public’s ability to make a decision based on facts. Censorship is fine unless it involves something the people should know, especially in the case of foreign affairs and current events.