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The media provide our access to news and information The citizens of a nation need to stay informed and thus come to trust the media that brings the news and information they desire without fear that it is a lie an agency of an evil foreign power or in any other way not the closest to the truth possible Censoring the media is tantamount to mind control of the citizenry This issue is everyones problem Canada is in many ways a free country particularly by world standards It is also however a nation that has always tolerated a remarkable amount of censorship and spawned dismaying numbers of self-appointed guardians of taste and morality Since governments almost always have an interest in controlling the free flow of information official censorship is something that must be constantly guarded against In our society however large corporations are a more common source of censorship than governments Media outlets killing stories because they undermine corporate interests advertisers using their financial clout to squelch negative reports powerful businesses using the threat of expensive lawsuits to discourage legitimate investigations The most frequent form of censorship is self-censorship Journalists deciding not to pursue certain stories that they know will be unpopular with the boss In contrast to state censorship which is usually easy to recognize self-censorship by journalists tends to be obscured It is particularly murky and insidious in the emerging media environment with routine pressures to defer to employers that have massive industry clout and global reach In some parts of the world the media are controlled by the government This means that no one can broadcast or publish anything that the government considers to be immoral or harmful or that threatens the countrys stability ie the governments own power base This is what we usually think of when we hear the word censorship Democratic countries on the other hand take pride in upholding the principle of freedom of
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