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No society has ever existed as far as we know which has not exercised some form of censorship over the conduct and opinions of its members Good morning teachers and students Censorship by the government infringes upon the rights of the individual and inhibits freedom of expression Now censorship is a broadly used term so what exactly IS censorship Well censorship is defined by the Australian Macquarie Dictionary as the actions of a censor that is an official who examines books plays news reports films radio programs and more recently the internet for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral political military or other grounds Censorship has been around since the beginning of time It has been used as a tool to control what others have access to In Australia today we are supposedly guaranteed the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press by our constitution Yet censorship still exists We are told censorship is necessary but at what cost National security and public interest are these valid reasons Why must the government decide what is best for me to read or watch in a cinema or in the privacy of my own home Sure we must protect our youth but that is a parents responsibility not the governments I can understand censorship based upon national security we cant go around selling all of our secrets without a major threat to our government and our way of life Censorship is a way of controlling the population This is exactly why we have laws that forbid random censorship Some censorship is necessary in every culture but only a minimal amount is required Australians love freedom The rest of the world regards us as one of the most liberal nations which is why restrictive censorship is so out of place here Censorship is a way of limiting the freedom we so love Censorship affects everybody on a both direct and indirect level
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