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Taboo is not a common word in our society today Almost every subject from teen pregnancy to abortion to sexual harassment is talked about in modern society Therefore national and local newspapers have the freedom to print almost every subject School newspapers however are more likely to become censored by teachers administrators or supervisors These people feel that students do not have the capacity to talk about controversial issues and therefore censor their articles Our society is more outspoken and people have the power to write more controversial articles in this time Therefore school newspapers are censored more today Censorship can be interpreted as many different things to different people Censorship can also be used in many different areas of society from newspapers to television to magazines Censorship is defined as the official prohibition of any type of expression believed to threaten the political social or moral order It may be applied to the mails speech the press the theater dance art literature photography the cinema radio television or computer networks Censorship may be either preventive or punitive according to whether it is exercised before or after the expression has been made public Censorship in school newspapers is for the most part preventive as officials censor articles before they are printed Although censorship is present today censorship has existed in the United States since colonial times But the focus of censoring has gradually shifted from political to sexual Infoplease 1 The focus has shifted thanks in part to the many battles in cou rt that have been won for people fighting censorship There were two major court cases that paved the way for school officials or in some cases school students All two cases provided the groundwork for the laws of censorship The case of Tinker versus Des Moines culminated in 1969 in a Supreme Court decision that was to have a historic effect on the future of high school publications The Tinker
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