AWA 10

In some countries, television and radio programs are carefully censored for offensive language and behavior. In other countries, there is little or no censorship.

In your view, to what extent should government or any other group be able to censor television or radio programs? Explain, giving relevant reasons and/or examples to support your position.

Censoring the television and radio programs for offensive language and behavior in some countries is a very delicate issue. The following aspects of it need to be analyzed properly before coming to conclusion whether such an act is valid.

Firstly, freedom of speech and expression is assumed to be a fundamental right in almost every country in the world. When people are not prohibited to protest against the system, corruption and governance, there is no reason why certain true aspects of the society cannot be depicted in the television and radio programs. Additionally, it is up to an individual to decide and judge his own rights and wrongs rather than being controlled as an individual can grow his identity more strongly when he acts consciously of his own.

Secondly, television and radio programs generally are close to the true depictions of daily happenings in our society. As an example, 70’s programs were based on characters like that of Godfather when US was reeling under the mafia and underworld. Hence, the fact that the depictions in the program are real or close to real, cannot be ignored.

Thirdly, moral involvement with the excessive depiction of sex and violence in the television and radio programs is one the reasons that those programs should be censored from viewing the minors and immature individuals. But then such programs can always be moved out of the prime time and can be instructed to be viewed under strict parental guidance.

Last but not the least; we cannot ignore the importance of the media in the spreading awareness in very sensitive issues like terrorism, AIDS, teenage pregnancy and sex. Because this is the only way that individuals can be made aware of the issues and problems of the world, which may wipe out our future generations, if not taken care of properly. So what if the attack of the Mumbai massacre was shown live on television for 40 odd hours. At least people saw and understood the empathy of the people caught in the brutal murder in the name of religion.

Hence, the television and radio programs should be censored but very carefully so that the whole goal and motivation of spreading awareness through communication media like television should not get jeopardized. Moreover, certain programs thought of being unsuitable for children can always be instructed to be viewed under strict parental guidance and can be moved out from prime time.

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