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For centuries governments have tried to regulate materials judged inappropriate or offensive Turning first to the Bible Jer 361-26 prophet Jeremiah encountered this policy called censorship of restricting the expression of ideas and opinions which are believed to undermine the authority or social and moral order when the book he had dictated to Baruch was mutilated by King Jehoiakim Encyclopedia Britannica p365 Censorship is always wrong no matter how unpleasant the material being censored But while there are many good reasons to oppose any form of censorship there are special reasons such as freedom of speech why the press writing and the internet should be free Censorship claims Jolyon Jenkins never really goes away it just changes its formHyland 155 In the distant past St Augustine agreed that those who are qualified to identify evil should be empowered to prevent its publication Even now after so many changes in the way of living and thinking there are people who say that censorship has to exist for some kind of control over the several pieces of information such as secret information pornography or the internet For example there is anonymity on the Internet and so ages and identities are not known This makes it hard to determine if illegal activities are taking place with regard to people under the legal age It is also difficult to completely delete speech once it has been posted meaning that distributing materials that are obscene or banned becomes easy The same problem with pornography appears in this discussion According to the Penal Code of Japan article 175 A person who distributes or sells an obscene writing picture or other thing of publicity displays the same shall be punished with penal servitude for not more than two years Laws related to censorship in JAPAN Internet There are people who think that pornography violates a moral standard of propriety Others see certain types of specific sexual material as dehumanizing
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