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Is it okay in a democracy to censor the media?

by Lydia C. Lee (follow)
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Should a democracy have freedom of the press or should the Prime Minister be allowed to demand editorial input?

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I have been watching our media for some 40 years, I started when I was 20.

If we think for one minute we have a free press think again!

We have what ''they'' want us to know.Anything else you can forget it.
I now have to go on the Internet, and do a ''Julian Assarnge''.... to find out the truth,and news.It has taken a good few years to find the right sites.

What a total joke it has all become. As for the PM......that's funny too, and No
he should not be allowed to demand editorial input.What's going on, can't he take the heat?

I have a real distrust of a Prime minister who can't take criticism of his policies. If he needs to try to gag the media, it seems to imply to me that he doesn't believe he is doing the right thing. Otherwise he'd surely respond to the criticism to explain what they (the media) was misunderstanding.
It is a fine balance between allowing freedom of speech and allowing public privacy and equality. The media can be very damaging to people, as I have observed from the phone hacking scandals from the News of The World newspaper. I don't think newspapers should be able to spread rumours or lots of gossip about celebs (or anyone for that matter) to a point where it can be emotionally damaging; or should they be allowed to be derogatory to different cultures or way of life. In this instance, I think the government have a right to intervene.
The traditional media does skew us towards what they think we need to know. I don't like the news.
Democracy is the freedom on speech. However the media is also known to alter the truth by only giving parts of it. So it really is a no win because both sides share parts thus misleading a whole nation. I think Hitler began his journey of supreme power by gagging the media to start off with.
No, I don't agree- everyone has got the right to freedom of speech, so might as well just let it be.
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