Censorship in the Media and Entertainment Essay

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Censorship according to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press can be defined as, “To remove anything offensive from books, films, etc., or to remove parts considered unsuitable from private letters, especially ones sent during war or from a prison”(Cambridge Dictionary). Censorship in the news and in the media takes many forms in todays fast paced world. Even with the slightly leak in information or even misleading information could cause todays world to be turned on its head and can cause people to interpret the issue in many ways which could have numerous implications. This is why such information is filtered by some governments around the world before it is aired or printed. There are …show more content…
Since children are the future of our world we must mould them to be responsible and critical thinkers and exposing them to this sort of entertainment is not healthy for their development and this such content should be censored. While on stage at the MTV European Awards, Miley Cyrus decide to start smoking (which is scientifically proven to be cancer causing), this part was censored by MTV as it would have given legitimacy to smoking, at least to the minds of the younger audience who may not be aware of the dangers.("Miley Cyrus Twerks, Gives Robin Thicke Some Tongue At VMAs")

One of the countries that censors media content quite rigorously is be China. They have a system in place for controlling such content so that people see and read what is ‘prescribed by the government’ as appropriate. Most governments around the world to make sure there are no rumors that may get formed in the country that would have an impact on the political balance in the country and therefore questioning the administering capabilities of the government. In 2012, websites such as Bloomberg and New York Times were restricted and could not be accessed in China and all communications to the article they published had been blocked. The article published was about the private wealth of Party Secretary Xi Jinping and Premier Wen Jiabao.(Xu, "Media Censorship in China") There were also some safeguards placed against other websites that may have also published

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