GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP

Protecting us from reality

What is Censorship?

Censorship is the control of the information and ideas circulated within a society. Banning or deleting of information that a government or regulatory body deems unfit for the public. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. Censorship in Australia is called classification and material though technically being given an advisory rating can officially be refused classificaton which results in the material being banned. The system also has several levels of "restricted" categories, prohibiting sale, exhibition or use of some materials to those who are under a prescribed age. Censorship of video games and Internet sites hosted in Australia.

Why are things Censored?

*To keep things private

*To keep children reading, seeing and hearing things via the social media, TV, radio, and books.

*Censorship reduces the sexualisation of young people

*Removes graphic content

*Takes away the right to know what is happening in the world around you.

*Creates bias

But who makes the decisions?

Australia is a commonwealth, and responsibility for censorship is divided between the federal states and the federal government. Under the Australian construction, the federal parliment has the power to make laws relating to communications and customs.