Is Censorship Fair
The First Amendment grants Americans the right to have freedom of speech. Censorship is not fair although it may protect “morals” that some people may have censorship still causes us to miss important things when it comes to news broadcasts and other media updates. The basic foundation of democracy is the first Amendments promise of freedom of expression. This is basic freedom and the idea should be practiced not preserved. What is censorship? Censorship is the practice of officially examining forms of entertainment and suppressing unacceptable parts. Censorship comes in many forms such as: Music, television, news broadcasts, internet, in real life, and many other forms of media. How are people supposed to express themself through speech if censorship laws exist? No one should be silenced and people should be able to hear, or say what ever they want. If someone does want to protect their morals you have the right not to listen to, or be a part of it it’s your choice. (Newth)
When said that censorship is completely ridiculous it is exactly that. In censorship opposing viewpoints, it says that the A.H.D, American Heritage Dictionary, was banned from Anchorage, Alaska because some words were said to be obscene, like bed, tail, ball, and nut. At first it seems to be a joke and seems very laughable, but we stop when we hear it has also been banned in, Cedar City, Indiana, and Eldon, Missouri. Aren’t dictionaries supposed to help you learn? In an article in Scholastic Update entitled "The Case of the disappearing Books" it says last year there were 338 cases of parents trying to remove books from schools and libraries, such as the classic Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. A teacher lost her job because she assigned a book with a lesbian as a main character. A parent, Ruth Somoro, said it was being intolerant of religious beliefs, and schools are not supposed to promote religious beliefs. It seems as if these people must be protecting themselves from the outside world, not watching news or reading newspapers to see what really happens and all the problems and horrific things that people have to go through every day, we have to learn about them sometime. Just think about their kids. The last point is ever so true. Censors are the most arrogant, hypocritical, intolerant people ever. (Newth)
The Parents Television Council is one of the most outspoken groups of the debate of censorship laws. At the time that the constitution was written the term press referred to the printing of books, and newspapers. But with the advance in technology through time has grown involving the broadcast media, such as radio and television. Though press was mentioned separately from speech in the First Amendment, the two terms became equal. Some considered the press to have greater freedoms from the government regulation than other forms of publication. (Halbrook)
Although First Amendment protections of the press were eventually extended to broadcasting and...