Quotations on Censorship

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When you are covering a life-or-death struggle, as British reporters were in 1940, it is legitimate and right to go along with military censorship, and in fact in situations like that there wouldn't be any press without the censorship.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: Life, Censorship, Fact, Military, Press, Right, Struggle)

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer - by legal people by the publishing firm, and I may be changing publishers. They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people.
- Kenneth Anger
(Keywords: Legal, People, Censorship, Living, May, Publishing, Want)

There was no censorship of the press: in general, the War Measures Act could have been made even more radical.
- Robert Bourassa
(Keywords: War, Act, Censorship, Radical)

I'm opposed to censorship of any kind, especially by government. But it's plain common sense that producers should target their product with some kind of sensitivity.
- Lee Child
(Keywords: Government, Censorship, Common sense, Sensitivity)

Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager
(Keywords: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End)

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager
(Keywords: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End, Fact)

People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed, the moment you impose censorship disappears from man.
- Milos Forman
(Keywords: People, Censorship, Man)

The worst evil is - and that's the product of censorship - is the self-censorship, because that twists spines, that destroys my character because I have to think something else and say something else, I have to always control myself.
- Milos Forman
(Keywords: Character, Control, Censorship, Evil, Self)

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.
- Henry Louis Gates
(Keywords: Art, Censorship, Justice)

We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.
- Langston Hughes
(Keywords: Being, Censorship, Writers)

The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with - more speech and debate, not censorship.
- Joichi Ito
(Keywords: Ideas, Americans, Beliefs, Censorship, Competition, Constitution, Debate, Democracy, First, Free speech, Rights)

The only place we were really told to tone it down - where other people would use the word censorship, but I wouldn't - was when we did MTV right after the Beavis and Butt-head thing.
- Penn Jillette
(Keywords: People, Censorship, Right, Word)

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.
- Richard King
(Keywords: Ideas, Censorship, Words, Wrong)

Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off.
- Richard King
(Keywords: Ideas, Censorship, May, Opinion)

In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism.
- Michael Kinsley
(Keywords: People, Censorship, Information, Journalism, Question)

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there.
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Keywords: Home, Censorship, Charity, End)

I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.
- John Mortimer
(Keywords: Fear, Censorship, Laws, Magic, Writers)

Whenever it's suggested that our sponsors have some kind of influence or control of what we cover in some kind of censorship through financial pressure, it's rubbish. That's never happened.
- Morley Safer
(Keywords: Control, Financial, Censorship, Influence, Pressure)

Our censorship has sort of gotten a little too far. Too much censorship is just as bad as having none at all. Children need to be exposed to things, because if they don't see it, eventually, it's not like it's not going to happen, but it's just that there needs to be a balance.
- Zoe Saldana
(Keywords: Balance, Censorship, Children, Needs)

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.
- George Bernard Shaw
(Keywords: Progress, Censorship, First)

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
- George Bernard Shaw
(Keywords: Assassination, Censorship, Extreme)

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
- Tommy Smothers
(Keywords: People, Ideas, Censorship, Right)

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
- Potter Stewart
(Keywords: Society, Censorship, Confidence)

But, uh, censorship at that time said that you just absolutely couldn't do anything involving children and so we had to go from there. I don't remember what I changed it to. Duvall is just excellent in it.
- Robert Towne
(Keywords: Time, Censorship, Children)

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- William Westmoreland
(Keywords: War, Censorship, First, Mind, Public, Vietnam)









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