Censorship is defined by Caso as the suppression of speech or any other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive politically incorrect as determined by the government or any other control body (3). Censorship may be justified from the conservative view whereby the free speech can be maltreated where it undermines the customary principles and communal solidity as withheld by a particular community.
Arguments for censorship
One of the arguments for the censorship of virtual arts according to Galsworthy is to protect children from thoughts that may harm their ethical growth (12). Parents have a sole responsibility of educating their children even before the onset of the formal education. This follows the instincts as well as the sense of ethical duty. The directing decree for the parent is to provide what is best for their children from what they determine and consider being the best. Parents play an imperative responsibility in the shaping of their children ethical political and spiritual views. Together with the values and believes held by a particular society parents are able to transmit the cultural values and morals to these young learners. This is achieved when they filter what is best for them to access on within the society and discouraging them from accessing some explicit information which at their level may not be necessary or may harm. The children choice of education performance, careers and even the hobbies that they choose is determined primarily by what they have when they are growing. When speeches are released to the public the parents have the capacity to ethically teach their children (Fieser 1). The most intrusive and the destructive expressions of others might understandably be censored. The parents should effectively censor the information of free speech so as to protect their children from the harmful ideas but should not expurgate the expression of outlooks from them that are of concern to the adults. Given for example, it’s important for the children to freely view the role of husbands in marriage from prominent personnel’s whom the society considers a role model.
Censorship is very important in maintaining government authority which helps in stabilizing the society. The society enjoys freedoms, rights and privileges due to the stability of the ruling body. Without this stability, the society would lapse in to a condition of scenery where the lives would be solitary, poor, and brutal and short as put by Thomas Hobbes (Merryman & Elsen 564). The stability of the government and society is always assumed to exist without understanding the causes of this stability. The exposure of the social upheavals poses a great threat to destabilizing the government through free speeches from the opposition and parties. Since the criminalization of homosexuality in some African states, there have been free speeches that have posed threats to the individual government from the...