The Public has the right to truth at all costs

Censorship has always existed. The denial of knowledge to other men has existed long ago in the Middle Ages. Back then they burned people, in the nineteen hundreds they settled for burning books, and now they’ve built firewalls to be rid of the rest.

Good Morning …

Does the public have the right to truth at all costs? Or is censorship, which has survived the times undeniably correct?  I believe not.

Many have argued that ‘oh we must hide our military secrets from enemies lest they invade us’. Certainly if the citizens know where our stealth planes are going and where our spies are located, then it’s as good as the whole world knowing and that might prove quite dangerous. But should we be looking so far out of the country when the real villains are within?

Do not forget that right beneath our very noses, more may have been hidden than we realize. It is no mystery that our very own government has tried to veil the truth and pull wool over our very eyes.

Dr. Lim Hock Siew was detained by the Singapore government without charge or trial for over nineteen years for his political views. Now out of jail, he has done a film which has been banned for ‘giving a distorted and misleading portrayal of Dr Lim’s arrests and detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 1963’. The content of this film, which has just lately been passed with an M18 rating talks of the inhumane torture he has been subject to in his cell.  This is just the tip of the iceberg of political repression under the government.

You see how censorship is used to hide human rights abuse, as well as to hide the immorality of the government. Who knows which other poor soul has been whisked away for being just a little bit too vocal about his thoughts of the government. I shiver at the thought. Without letting us have the whole truth, we are being manipulated to their means.

There could be, of course baseless accusations and false portrayals, which the government wants to censor, but that is just insulting our intelligence to tell right from wrong. Everything should be exposed, no matter the cost, and we will decide.

The only way to combat a noxious idea is with a better idea. The only weapon against falsehood is the truth.

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English Social Issues speech

Ok, so I’m doing the social issues speech now, and have nothing better to do. So I shall be posting whatever random things i come up with now on the spot 🙂

So anyways, the topic for my social issues speech is “Should people have the right to knowledge at all costs?” Now that i’ve been searching a bit on the web, i’m thinking whether i  should change my topic, seeing how there’s so little information on this topic… Oh well i’ll just stick with this for now sigh

So i found this websites about the pros and cons of censorship. Some look useful, some do not. But here goes C&P anyways…

Pros of Censorship

  • Censorship of pornographic material prevents the corrupting of the children.
  • Religious conflicts are avoided by the censorship of material deemed insulting or offensive to a particular religious community.
  • Censorship is necessary to preserve the secrets of a nation.
  • Censorship is useful in hiding sensitive military information, which could be used by an enemy state.
  • Scenes of people consuming alcohol or smoking influence people to copy them. Hence censoring such scenes serves a useful purpose.
  • People may copy dangerous stunts shown on TV or movies. Censorship proves necessary here.
  • Books may be used to portray wrong information about individuals or groups that could incite violence against them. Censorship would definitely prove helpful here.
  • It can be used to prevent politically motivated propaganda.
  • It protects the privacy of people.
  • Plagiarism is prevented.
  • Abusive scenes in movies may offend some people. Censorship prevents that.
  • It protects indigenous cultures from the bad influence of foreign cultures.
  • It prevents the public display of disrespect to any particular individual or community.
  • It prevents companies from spreading inaccurate or grossly exaggerated claims about their products.
  • It promotes political correctness.
  • Terrorists are prevented from learning about dangerous technology like the atom bomb.
  • Children are prevented from learning things that could harm them and others.
  • It prevents the ill effects of globalization affecting societies.
  • It shields the morals of society.
  • It restrains vulgarity and obscenity.
  • The surfeit of violence in movies and TV is restricted by it.
  • It prevents violence by stopping the broadcast of events, which might trigger it.

Cons of Censorship

  • If sex-related topics are completely censored it becomes difficult to teach children and teenagers about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
  • Dictators and dictatorship use it to promote a flattering image of themselves and for removing any information that is negative to them.
  • Freedom of speech is compromised.
  • Religious fundamentalists like the Taliban use them to coerce the population.
  • It encroaches upon the freedom of the press.
  • It prevents the free flow of ideas.
  • It may intrude on the privacy of a person.
  • Withholding of information only leads to ignorance in the society.
  • Censoring of information may lead to a wrong image perceived by the public.
  • It is generally associated with dictatorship.
  • Censorship in books, plays and movies may compromise their entertainment value.
  • Censorship has been misused in the past.
  • It is a force against globalization.
  • It works against creativity.
  • If you hide something from people they will become extra curious about it.
  • It has no place in a truly democratic society.
  • It gives rise to and hides human rights abuses.
  • It is used to control people.
  • There can be different standards of morals among different societies quite different from the imposed ones by the censorship.
  • It may be used to block legitimate criticism.
  • Governments should not control people. It should be the other way around.
  • Individuals have different tastes.
  • It stifles the opposition, broadcasting only a particular point of view.
  • People have a right to know.

So there, i’ve bolded and italicised the more related points for consideration later. Now on to more other websites 😀

And ta-da another website and more C&P

Political censorship exists when a government attempts to conceal, distort, or falsify information that its citizens receive by suppressing or crowding out political news that the public might receive through news outlets. In the absence of unflattering but objective information, people will be unable to dissent with the government or political party in charge. It is also the suppression of views that are contrary to those of the government in power

Nikolai Yezhov, standing to the right of Joseph Stalin, was shot in 1940. He was edited out of the photo by Soviet censors after his execution as a form of damnatio memoriae. This policy was commonly applied to executed political enemies during Stalin’s reign.

Haha 😀 the edit isn’t really well done xD The second picture is blurred, the water behind Nikolai doesn’t look to real, and the hull of the boat to the right of Stalin is bent! 😀 Kay back to work

Sigghhh…. 10mins and still not finding any really helpful websites. Gone through a few, but i might want to refer to them later so i’ll just have them down.


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