3 CensorshipGovernment restrictions on speech orwriting
4 Discuss in groupsWhen, if ever, is Censorship acceptable in your opinion?
5 Why do governments censor information? To protect secrets (e.g. battle plans, where troops are etc)To cover up mistakesTo prevent oppositionDecency reasons (e.g. swearing, nudity etc)To control peoples actions and opinions
6 Censorship in WW1 Troops had their letters & postcards home censored. However most soldiers exercised ‘self censorship’. This is where people know that saying certain things is not allowed so they don’t say/write them at all in the first place.News at home was heavily censored to cover up mistakes and terrible defeats.
7 Individually Now you are going to censor your own trench letters. Stick your trench letter into the middle of an A3 piece of paperNow cross out with a pencil any sections that you think would be censoredNext to each censored section explain why this would have been censoredWhen you have finished on a separate piece of paper write a 250 word response to the question ‘Can censorship ever be justified?’
8 Plenary – when might censorship be justified? (if ever)
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