HAT Forum: Censorship

HAT Forum
Saturday 3 January 2015
519 Church St., Meeting Room #304
Topic: Censorship
Proposed by: Michael Chinn

Act of changing or suppressing speech or writing that is considered subversive of the common good. In the past, most governments believed it their duty to regulate the morals of their people; only with the rise in the status of the individual and individual rights did censorship come to seem objectionable. Censorship may be preemptive (preventing the publication or broadcast of undesirable information) or punitive (punishing those who publish or broadcast offending material).http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censorship


For our discussion, let’s discuss the following:
·        Where does it occur?
·        Are there instances where censorship is appropriate?
-      Do you know of instances where censorship may have occurred?
·        What happens when we allow the free market to decide without any restrictions?
·       Should we consider political and economic influences?

Do news outlets consider the implications of reporting a story, critical of a major advertiser?
Do news outlets consider the implications of reporting a story, critical of an individual or political party if it might result in having less access? Consider information outlets, favourable to those with power are given more access, compared to those that are not.