Arguments For and Against Censorship

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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 mig...

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...bove, the final point is that censorship of visual arts can never be justified because by doing this the freedom of speech and writing is suppressed and this is provocative to common people. Despite the arguments for, the arguments that censorship of visual arts is never justified carry more weight. This argument therefore supports the freedom of speeches which should not be regulated in order to avoid infringing the freedom of expression of people.

Works Cited

Caso, Frank. Censorship. New York: Infobase Publishing Ltd, 2008. Print
Fieser, James. “Censorship: From moral issues that divide us, 2008.” The University of Tennessee Martin. 7th Mar 2014. Print
Galsworthy, John. A justification of the censorship of plays. London: HardPress, 2003. Print
Merryman, John. & Elsen, Albert. Law, ethics and the visual arts. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002. Print

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