3CensorshipGovernment restrictions on speech orwriting
4Discuss in groupsWhen, if ever, is Censorship acceptable in your opinion?
5Why 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
6Censorship 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.
7Individually 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?’
8Plenary – when might censorship be justified? (if ever)