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Censorship in WW1. "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" . What is censorship?. Censorship. Government restrictions on speech or writing . Discuss in groups. When, if ever, is Censorship acceptable in your opinion?.

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censorship in ww1

Censorship in WW1

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

censorship
Censorship
  • Government restrictions on speech or
  • writing
discuss in groups
Discuss in groups
  • When, if ever, is Censorship acceptable in your opinion?
why do governments censor information
Why do governments censor information?
  • To protect secrets (e.g. battle plans, where troops are etc)
  • To cover up mistakes
  • To prevent opposition
  • Decency reasons (e.g. swearing, nudity etc)
  • To control peoples actions and opinions
censorship in ww11
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.
individually
Individually
  • Now you are going to censor your own trench letters.
  • Stick your trench letter into the middle of an A3 piece of paper
  • Now cross out with a pencil any sections that you think would be censored
  • Next to each censored section explain why this would have been censored
  • When you have finished on a separate piece of paper write a 250 word response to the question ‘Can censorship ever be justified?’
bibliography
Bibliography
  • http://www.tatteredcoat.com/images/censorship.jpg