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Media and censorship

by on December 2, 2013

Nowadays, there are such many ways to communicate. The media is one of them and they serve many personal needs they can provide a link to the larger society and at least indirect connections to other human being, however they can also strengthen people’s sense of isolation and make them more fearful of the world outside. On a political aspect, the media have power; they can influence people and governments. The media provide amusement, entertainment, and distraction, and they provide information about the past and the present that helps to create a common culture system of values, traditions and ways of looking at the world (Herman and McChesney, 1997, p. 3).

The media use to be regulated or even censored by government and subsidized by the state and political parties. But today with the globalization and the capitalism developed as it is, businesses are taking more and more control over the media. Still every state exercises some control over what journalists may say, write or broadcast. Sometimes this control is deliberate, sometimes it operates in more subtle ways, but all form of public communication are subject to an element of regulation (Street, 2001, p.104).

Take the example of china who in an extreme way tries to censorship every single event happening over there, such as major natural disaster, attacks or accidents. For once in 2008 when the earthquake hit the Sichuan province of China on May 12, it measured 7.9 on Richter scale and was the strongest that happened in the last 30 years. It left almost 100,000 people dead and an equally high number injured and homeless. Strangely the media had been allowed to broadcast it, yet they were not allowed to broadcast everything or give all the rights information and the government failed give full response to the population.

When it comes to internet censorship china is unbeatable. We could thinkSina Weibo censorship that the internet may offer more freedom and a more open access than other media forms. Yet again in china, Sina weibo one of the most popular website – it could be compare to Facebook or Tweeter – which has 300 million users and about 100 million messages sent every day is censored at an astonishing speed. if people write sensitive post regarding china’s politics their post will not last for long. Deletions happen most heavily in the first hour after a post has been submitted. About 5% of deletions happened in the first eight minutes, and within 30 minutes almost 30% of the deletions had been made. Nearly 90% of deletions happen within the first 24 hours.







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