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Censorship Debate

There are certain types of censorship that have been the subject of debate for many years, the main ones being violence and sexual content. Although we as a society have mainly become desensitised to violence, there are still instances where it is deemed unsuitable. There have been debates over whether to censor TV because of certain programs that feature violence and sexual content, and how children may come across it and watch it. This is often spoken out against by those who claim that parents should have control over what their children watch, and that it is down to the parents responsibility rather than the government or censorship organisations to decide what is and isn’t suitable to be broadcast.

There are certain measurements in place to make sure that there is some control over how certain kinds of programs are broadcast, such as the watershed, in which after 9pm, programs that feature adult content can be broadcast.


Censorship is important in certain cases because material that is deemed sensitive, e.g. political, military, religious has to be covered up to protect either the public or those involved in the footage.

“Video Nasty” is a term coined by Mary Whitehouse in a campaign to ban and censor violent films and television programs in order to protect children from watching them. Many films and TV programs banned and heavily censored  due to the rise in VHS tapes that featured extreme violent content.  At the time, video cassettes weren’t classified, meaning that young children were able to rent out the ultra violent films and watch them. Mary Whitehouse and many supporters wanted a censorship ban on all violent videos, and for censorship organisations to start putting certifications on films in order to stop young children from being exposed to them. Many raids were carried out and arrests were made on video rental shops that provided these “video nasties” to children. Even though many of these films were banned, since then they have been re-submitted to classification boards for reviewal, and eventually, for re-release.


Censorship debates are often covered in the news, and has been the centre of many discussions for years. Censorship when movies and cartoons were new has drastically changed, as certain bits of content were either not allowed to be shown or were . Over the years, it has become more relaxed, as we grow as a society, but it is still regulated carefully. Organisations have been set up to make it easier to watch and censor unsuitable material and to file complaints made by the public, to go on and fine those who have committed the offence.

Censorship has changed over the years, for example, cartoons for children in the 20’s to the 40’s were extremely racist and featured content that is considered unsuitable for children nowadays, but were acceptable back then, as it was a time when racial prejudices were rife within society, and apartheid was a big issue. Because these instances have been abolished, then the content would be extremely unsuitable for children nowadays, meaning that the cartoons are banned. This kind of censorship is widely regarded as justified and it is the correct thing to do.

News & Soap Operas: How They Reflect Real life Issues, Patriotism In ‘Transformers’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ & Good, Bad and Evil In ‘Transformers’

The news and soap operas are both direct reflections of what is happening in reality. The only difference is the news is reporting about real people and events and soaps are showing fictional people and events. Most of the story lines that characters go through in soaps are based on real issues that happen to real people in real life. In ‘EastEnders’ they had an example of homelessness with Ian Beale.

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