Censorship and Political Misinformation Essay

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Introduction In 1944, after the Red Army invaded Poland and imposed the communist system upon it, large groups of Polish society resisted the attempts at social conversion inspired by Marxist ideologies and Soviet example. Many social echelons were effected by the new social engineering which included, "expropriations, ideological and organizational unification, and party and state control over social, political, and economic life." (Karpinski. 1997). Writers, artists and educators had success bypassing such strict censorship and were able to deliver their messages to the public, teaching values different than the ones officially approved by their government. After 1956, Polish historians, sociologists, and philosophers were able to …show more content…
These Internet Police, rumored to be over 30,000, guide discussions on public bulletin boards away from politically sensitive topics, delete anti-communist posts, and post pro-government messages (Watts 2005).

Recently, an anonymous online campaign calling for pro-democracy demonstrations across China was met with the detention of human rights activists, greater Internet censorship and even increased pressure on foreign journalists (Pierson 2011). At times, censorship can be an effective tool to maintain peace or promote moral values. However, censorship is grossly exploited and most often used as a tool of silencing and manipulation.

Medium Control Censorship advocates often cite their obligation to protect morality as reason to support censorship, and their goal is noble. The public eye should be shielded from such offensive things as child pornography or grossly violent images. The U.S. government has taken steps to ensure such safeties, but many cases aren’t clear cut, and balancing competing needs can get precarious. The mission of the Federal Communications Commission, of the FCC, is to “make available so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication services with adequate

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