English Research Paper on Lack of Media Censorship

Lack of Media Censorship

Censorship in media refers to the prevention of certain information from reaching the public via the various media channels. In most cases, media censorship involves certain ethics which the media have to adhere to during presentation of news and other items to ensure that cultures, norms and values of the society are upheld. However, in the present day, media censorship has taken different forms which include certain governments and authority bodies laying down laws regarding the extent to which the media is allowed to air their items. Some see this as one way of ensuring that the media does not go overboard, while others see it as a form of oppression of the people by disallowing the media to tell the truth. This paper discusses the pros and cons that come with lack of censorship of the media.

Lack of censorship means that media practitioners are allowed the freedom to bring to the viewers whatever they deem necessary. This is mostly practiced in countries that are independent and whose government does not try to control all aspects of the country. Lack of censorship is important because it allows the media freedom of non partial and independent reporting (Heins & Cho, pg 30). This means that the truth is not hidden to the public. The public is given all the information that is available and they are allowed to make judgments for themselves depending on what they will have received.

Lack of media censorship gives the general public a chance to air out their views without fear of being victimized for their varied opinions. In countries where the media is regulated or censored, certain topics are very sensitive thus the people fear giving their opinions about them. This leads to lack of healthy discussions regarding topic which would have otherwise been improved through such interactions. When the media is not censored, the people are free to air their various views especially those regarding their governing bodies. This therefore ensures that such bodies like the government are put in check thus avoiding exploitation of the masses. This therefore means that there will be more transparency between the people and the government. The leaders begin to be more accountable in all their activities when they know that all their movements are being monitored and that these activities have a direct effect on their popularity among the masses (Shirky pg 10).

When the media is not censored, the public is given a chance to be more aware of the things that happen around them. This is important because it assists in educating the masses about certain issues that affect them directly. For instance, if the exposure of sexual content was to be banned from the media, it would become more difficult to educate the younger generation on sex or drugs and the effects that they have on their lives. This is because they would likely not even understand the things that they are being warned about and thus would not be able to stay away from them when they become exposed(Dick & Zingales, pg 6).

Censorship also leads to lack of creativity among the people. When there is a regulation regarding the things that people read, hear or watch, they is very little likelihood that people will continue to come up with new ideas, because they are constantly faced with the probability that their ideas will be rejected because they don’t match the criteria that is allowed in the media.

This is however, not to say that media censorship only has negative effects to it. There are some positive benefits that can be reaped from media censorship. For instance, it helps in curbing immorality. The media today is marred by all types of immoral behaviors that were otherwise not accepted in the culture of the past. Children are exposed to sexual immorality and drug abuse at very tender ages. This is the main reason why there is high prevalence of drug abuse and contacting of sexually transmitted diseases in people of ages that should not even know about the existence of such things. It may therefore be necessary to sensor the media in such situations.

Media censorship is also important in some case where it is the only option for maintaining sanity in the country. For instance, when violence breaks out in one part of the country, when the media begin to air in detail the things that are taking place, those who may have not joined in the violence may become agitated to also take up their tools. This means that the media will have failed in its duty by actually being the one that helps to add fuel to the fire. 

Media censorship is also necessary for upholding the moral fiber of the society. This is because in the present day, the media has become too explicit in the name of freedom of speech that nobody cares anymore about the moral decadence that comes with it. Music these days is full f sexual content or glorifying other behaviors that are unacceptable. Media censorship would also ensure that material that finds its way to the public does not violate the values that certain people hold dear such as culture or religion. It would ensure that mutual respect between various groups is upheld.

Works Cited

Heins, Marjorie, and Christina Cho. Media literacy: An alternative to censorship. Marjorie Heins, 2003.

Dyck, Alexander, and Luigi Zingales. The corporate governance role of the media. No. w9309. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2002.

Shirky, Clay. “Political Power of Social Media-Technology, the Public Sphere Sphere, and Political Change, The.” Foreign Aff. 90 (2011): 28.