The Pros And Cons Of Media Censorship

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The creation of a public opinion is not the only negative of media when it comes to information. For instance, media censorship has a profound effect on the way individuals receive information and what kind of information they receive. Media censorship takes many forms in the way you get your news. While news stories are often edited for length, there are many choices that are made and designed to keep some information from becoming public. All media anywhere in the world is funded and controlled by the government. Censorship has always been used by the government and the huge media conglomerates: Time Warner, Walt Disney Corp.... It is a means of keeping some potentially volatile and harmful information hidden from the masses to protect the government as well as to keep the population controlled. Examples of countries who still to this day use media censorship include but are not limited to China and North Korea. The Chinese government has kept tight reins on both traditional and new media to avoid potential subversion of its authority. “Its tactics often entail strict media controls using monitoring systems and firewalls, shuttering publications or websites, and jailing dissident journalists, bloggers, and activists (Albert)." This was also seen with the Nazi propaganda during World War 2. However, in their case, it was the burning of anti-fascist ideas in books and papers. Nowadays people still talk about WikiLeaks, a famous publisher of secret information and news leaks,

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