Censorship

The first amendment of the Constitution of United States of America states,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In spite of the guarantees offered by this first of the Bill of Rights, many argue that no freedoms are absolute; most or all have limits. For example, one’s freedom of speech reaches a limit when that speech infringes upon someone’s security of person. In other words, one’s rights end when they infringe upon the rights of another.

This brings us to censorship, the act of suppressing communicative material (in print, in images, in art) because it is considered too dangerous or objectionable to be consumed (Merino).

This is a divisive topic to be explored.


Works Cited

Merino, Noel, editor. Censorship. Greenhaven Press, 2010.

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