Should There Be Censorship on Basic Cable, Public TV, and Radio? Answer Pro or Con and Support Your Choice.

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According to the first Amendment of the Bill of Rights, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The censorship that takes place every day on basic cable, public TV, and radio is a violation of this amendment. The suppression of expression should no longer be allowed.

The main reason anything is censored is because the government doesn't want us reading damaging material against them. It is a common practice of Communist governments to prohibit slanderous material said or written against them.

For example, Dr. Laura, a popular radio talk show host in 1999, was speaking out against the United States Government and basically speaking about hot topics. She was pulled off the air.

Communism used to be one of our biggest enemies, and is still feared to this day. Censorship is one of the most used tactics of Communist governments.

For example, thousands of copies of "The Clinton Years," a book by a former official White House photographer, were confiscated by Chinese customs officials as the books were being prepared for shipment from a bindery in southern China.

It is said that uncensored material promoted bad language and attitudes in children. This is not necessarily true. According to studies done in 1994, young-adults (between the ages of 13 and 16) who view censored material have a more rebellious attitude than young-adults who view uncensored material, in most cases.

Finally, censorship limits creativity. An example of this is with Lenny Bruce. He was blacklisted and put in prison because his comedy set was too vulgar and controversial. His set was considered unrespectable,