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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"

  • 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.
  • 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?’
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