It is the year 2014. The growth and advancement in technology and innovation lead to the birth of new channels of media. Back tracking to the 1950s, the primary source of media would have been printed such as newspapers, articles and magazines. The introduction of the televisions and cinemas in the late 20th century resulted in the production of masterpieces such as movies and dramas alike. Currently, the internet is the unified source for all kinds of media which gives allows us to freely express and exhibit our perspectives and ideas. On the other hand, this revolution in the media industry saw the production of certain media that are unsuitable for certain audiences. Thus, government bodies such as Malaysia’s Multimedia and
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In every country, there are certain policies, agencies and practices of the ruling government that are not made known and information have to be censored before being released to the general public. In the year 2012, President Barack Obama of the United States censored more documents that were to be released citing national security as the primary reason. (Susan Crabtree; 2013) There is an argument on the basis of censorship as the people feels that they have to know everything and that the government is limiting that right. Try looking at it from another point of view, if the government had released informations about their military strengths or drills, they will be disclosing secrets that will compromise the safety and sovereignty of the country. This will be equivalent to revealing your hidden card to your opponent in an intense poker match. Thus, censorship is an important element to maintain peace between both countries and thus national security.
In addition to that, censorship is needed especially in a multi-racial country such as Malaysia and Singapore. Laws are implemented to maintain the harmonious interaction between different races. Offensive language and insensitive remarks against any races are banned and prohibited by local authorities. In Singapore for an example, the internal security act allocates the executive branch with power to enforce preventive