Censorship in WW1 by HC120210063048

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									 Censorship in WW1

"I disapprove of what you say,
but I will defend to the death
      your right to say it"
What is censorship?
             Censorship
Government restrictions on speech or
writing
         Discuss in groups
• When, if ever, is Censorship acceptable
  in your opinion?
   Why do governments censor
         information?
• To protect secrets (e.g. battle plans,
  where troops are etc)
• To cover up mistakes
• To prevent opposition
• Decency reasons (e.g. swearing, nudity
  etc)
• To control peoples actions and opinions
        Censorship in WW1
• Troops had their letters & postcards
  home censored.
• However most soldiers exercised ‘self
  censorship’. This is where people know
  that saying certain things is not allowed
  so they don’t say/write them at all in
  the first place.
• News at home was heavily censored to
  cover up mistakes and terrible defeats.
               Individually
• Now you are going to censor your own trench
  letters.
• Stick your trench letter into the middle of an
  A3 piece of paper
• Now cross out with a pencil any sections that
  you think would be censored
• Next to each censored section explain why
  this would have been censored
• When you have finished on a separate piece
  of paper write a 250 word response to the
  question ‘Can censorship ever be justified?’
Plenary – when might censorship
     be justified? (if ever)
           Bibliography
http://www.tatteredcoat.com/images/cen
  sorship.jpg

								
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