The author presents a very debatable topic of whether the governments should
be allowed to censor TV and radio programmes. The answer may well lie in
between the two extremes of answers: Yes and No. I think censorship is
important but at the same time it must not shield the truth of the world
from the people.
Firstly, Censorship is a prime tool to protect the children from exposure
to indecent and violent activities shown or immorally publicized by some
media. Also, although the Television audience is far greater at risk of such
immorality shown even a small impact left by the radio on these young,
growing and inquisitive minds should never be undermined. If children are
allowed or even if mistakenly, are exposed to such objectionable programs
there are chances that it can disturb their proper mental and physical
Censorship although is primarily concerned with objecting violent and lewd
contents, it also has an imortant role in preventing any form of socially or
politically disturbing materials. In this diverse world it is quite obvious
that many ideologies clash. History has shown us that there are some maniacs
and fanatics who, if allowed to propagate their ideas can lead this world to
greater levels of destruction. Censor-board must have the right to disallow
any such material that may lead people to wrong paths.
However, it is not just the effectiveness of the censor board that must be
the point of attention but also the members of the board. The Censor-board
personnels must not represent any political party or have a dogmatic
approach towards their ideologies. It is quite possible that an oppressive
and tyrannical regime may use the power of censorship to suppress his
oppositions and propagandize his own ideologies. This would mar every
person's right for freedom of expression.
Also, it is worth noting that over-sensorship is itself undemocratic in
nature. The adult-people must be allowed to decide for themselves about the
offensiveness of any content. So, if censor comes in way of the majority of
the people's right, it is obvious it will be disliked and may become
non-functional at a later time. Therefore it is necessary for such body to
allow certain programmes that would please the adult audience too.
Thus, it is imperative to have a functional Censor-body in order to prevent
any detrimental programmes to be viewed. However,it is also important that
such a body should be an independant one composed of highly educated and
respected personnels representing the general public and their opinions.