IS CENSORSHIP SOMETIMES JUSTIFIED?[AN ESSAY FOR ..
When Is Government Web Censorship Justified
One of the issues raised is whether the protesters’ calls to cancel performances of the opera amount to censorship. If so, is such censorship justified?
Is Censorship Ever Justified? | Teen Politics Essay | Teen Ink
The empirical evidence remains the subject of ongoing debate andinvestigation. But in the absence of sufficiently conclusive evidencethat pornography causes crimes of sexual violence, many liberaldefenders of pornography continue to view censorship asunjustified.
The definition of the word weapon is: a device designed to injure or kill, something used to gain an advantage. Books are to be used to educate and education is knowledge and knowledge is power. The Nazi’s didn’t want the people to have knowledge or power, if the people had power that meant that they wouldn’t. In regards to whether or not offensive material should be burned or banned, firstly, what the Nazi’s burned was not offensive material it was merely information which they were trying to prevent the people from knowing. If it were truly offensive material it would most likely be better to burn, completely erase, the material. However, by banning material you are allowing the possible return of the material, perhaps at a different time the material will be less offensive. There is no right or wrong answer to that question. It is merely a matter of opinion. In my opinion, yes, books are weapons, probably one of the most lethal weapons out there and no matter the circumstance I believe that it is out of societies and/or the government’s power to ban or burn anything that belongs to the public. So is censorship ever justified? No, because everyone has the right to know, to learn, to think. There is yet a third major argument forcensorship that Plato himself did not suggest, but is nonetheless as prevalenttoday as his two arguments above. It is that censorship is justified because itprotects us from . Flag burning offends, and so too do hatespeech, pornography, and desecration of religious symbols, and for that reasonthese expressions should be suppressed. Even if they don’t morally corruptchildren or put our society at risk, the fact that they cause offense in and ofitself is a justification for their censorship. On the surface, this argumentfor censorship has an appeal: there are things that offend each one of us andwe would prefer that those things never surface to begin with. There is a majorproblem with this argument, though. We can’t simply apply a simple formula like“if an idea offends, then its censorship is justifiable”: there are varyingdegrees of offense, and different people find different things offensive. It’snot reasonable to censor an idea merely on the grounds that it offends a selectgroup of religious leaders, for example. We need some standard by which todistinguish those differences if the notion of offense can play any meaningfulrole at all in the free speech and censorship debate. American philosopher JoelFeinberg (1926-2004) offered such a test for identifying offensive expressionsthat might be worthy of censorship, and there are four relevant conditions tothat test. Whether censorship is justified is always a controversial issue that attracts great public attention, and views of different people might vary greatly. As far as I am concerned, I tend to think that the censorship in China is somehow justified otherwise how can China developed so rapidly for the recent years.