Censoring the Word (Manifestos for the 21st Century)

Petley, Julian

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Synopsis: The aftershocks of 9/11 and the ubiquitous 'war on terror' have given new licence to censors of all stripes; 'national security' is once again invoked to justify the clipping of the coinage of civil liberties, while the rise of various forms of religious extremism is inhibiting some people's willingness to speak their minds.  Censorship has not only not gone away, it is taking on new forms. Before we can understand the means and motives of censorship, we must first know what free expression is and how it has come to constitute one of our most fundamental rights. What are the 'classic' arguments for freedom of expression?  Are these arguments still valid today?  Was freedom of expression ever claimed as an absolute right?  Is the state still an agent of censorship?  Or has its place been taken by vast, unaccountable corporate interests? These are just a few of the questions raised in this elegant and incisive essay at the beginning of a new century and, possibly, a new dispensation governing our right to freely express our opinions.

Book Description: From the Enlightenment, the ideas of Milton, Locke, Mill and Jefferson developed into a classical paradigm of free speech which went largely unquestioned for over two hundred years. The modern globalized world has seen an end to such assumptions. The uproar and violence over both The Satanic Verses and the Danish cartoons criticizing Islam raised the question of whether freedom of expression--from a global perspective, most specifically an Islamic one--is an outdated legacy of Western Enlightenment or a vital and necessary tradition which must be protected. Increasingly, the dominance of global media organisations and their responsibility to reporting the facts has led to calls for legislation for corporate freedom of expression. Censoring the Word asks if we now live in an age when freedom of expression can no longer be absolute.

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