Censorship is the suppression of statements or information for ideological reasons. Current examples of censorship include:
- Liberals are actively trying to destroy Fox News Channel through lawsuits and bullying because it disrupts the left-wing narrative, which it does not submit to. They have also tried to destroy Sean Hannity for the same reason.
- Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France a mere ten days before its national election in 2017, in censorship of supporters of the right-wing, eurosceptic Marine Le Pen
- Refusal to carry news about the horrors at the abortion clinic of Gosnell Kermit, on trial for murder in April 2013 in Philadelphia
- The banning of prayer in the classroom.
- The restrictions on sidewalk counseling of women about the harms caused by abortion.
- The removal of conservative ideas from Wikipedia, for example, Wikipedia has no articles about the ills of atheism
- The refusal to report on news that a prominent African American endorsed a conservative candidate.
- The refusal to expose, in a timely manner, falsehoods published by the Communist media.
- The rejection of pro-life advertisements.
- The banning of mention of intelligent design in school.
- Firing media columnists because they express politically incorrect conservative views.
- The vandalizing of pro-life displays and conservative websites (including Conservapedia).
- Censorship can also take the form of ostracizing students for expressing pro-life or other conservative views.
- Protesting and disrupting invited conservative speakers on campuses.
- Censorship is sometimes based on a misuse of copyright, as in the unsuccessful attempt to censor the movie Expelled:No Intelligence Allowed about intelligent design.
- The destruction or theft of conservative newspapers on college campuses.
- Censorship of conservative talk radio via the Fairness Doctrine.
- Internet censorship employed by a country, which can include such things as the filtering of anti-government sites in China or the censoring of women's rights or anti-Islam sites in Middle Eastern countries
- Schools banning or using placement bias to keep students from books such as the Bible, or books critical of the theory of evolution.
- In August 2018, multiple social media giants, with the support of the Left, mainstream media, and Democrats, banned Alex Jones's InfoWars from their sites simply because of his political views. In February 2019, removed 22 pages related to Jones and InfoWars.
- Various studies have found that Facebook and Google, among other social media platforms, engage in censorship against conservatives.
- In 2018, Brown University censored a study on transgender youth because it did not approve of the study's results, worrying that its findings might "invalidate the perspectives" of transgender people.
Political censorship involves a government preventing information from reaching its citizens. Perhaps the best-known contemporary example of this is China's censorship of the Google search engine, known as the "Golden Shield Project", which prevents Google from displaying search results of some human rights websites, websites promoting Tibetan independence, references to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, and others. A famous example in fiction is George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which the main character works as a civil servant in the department responsible for altering or destroying historical information which the government wishes to keep secret. The rationale behind political censorship is that the political party in power can protect itself from revolution if the public is kept uninformed.
Ironically, liberals and leftists have also at times advocated against censorship, although strictly so they can ensure a revolution that brings themselves and their left-wing politics into power. Examples include the communist George Bernard Shaw, who had advocated the removal of censorship specifically to ensure "progress" (i.e., communism) can be brought into the UK in his preface to "Mrs. Warren's Profession". Similarly, the Philosophes such as Voltaire and Diderot have demanded for absolute freedom of speech specifically to push their anti-Christian agenda on the masses, which ultimately resulted in the anti-Christian nature of the French Revolution, and the Free Speech movement in 1964 tried to allow the Communists unrestrained freedom of speech as well specifically to silence criticism against the Communist movement.
The term "censorship" derives from censor, the title of the Roman official who conducted the census and supervised public morality.
The First Amendment and censorship in the U. S.
In the United States, the First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Broadly speaking, the First Amendment is designed to prevent the government from exercising censorship. However, the government sometimes censors political and religious speech anyway, based on ideological grounds.
More specifically, the government should not exercise "prior restraint." That is, a citizen should not need advance permission from the government in order to publish something, unless it threatens national security. This does not mean that publication may not have consequences: a citizen can be sued for publishing libel, or incarcerated for disclosing military secrets, but the consequences typically occur after publication, not before.
Censorship is sometimes applied to prohibit obscenity that goes against common standards of public morality; under US law the first amendment does not protect material considered legally obscene. The definition of obscenity has and continues to vary, with the current Supreme Court definition being the Miller test. In practical terms, this allows harmful material such as pornography to be criminalized without violating the First Amendment.
Censorship may also be directed at religious ideas, as in the Saudi Arabian prohibition on preaching Christianity, liberal restrictions on public expressions of religion, or the Roman Catholic Church's now-rescinded Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
Certain language and images that may have been censored in the past are typically common fare in the American media today. On the other hand, while nudity, for example, may be acceptable on mainstream French television, that is much less likely to be accepted on American television and even less acceptable in Islamic countries.
- All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. George Bernard Shaw
- Fairness Doctrine
- Liberal censorship
- Muhammad cartoons controversy
- Evolutionist censorship
- Tools of censorship
- Media censorship
- Mass surveillance of Big government ObamaCare Welfare state leads to Nanny state, leads to Police state: Globalist-Statist-Socialist-Communist
- Liberal totalitarianism
- Tails (operating system) (Linux-based) and Tor (anonymity network)
- Right to Privacy (Internet privacy)
- Encryption: Cryptography-Cryptanalysis-Cryptology-Public-key encryption
- Conservative values and Libertarian American values of Limited government and liberty
- http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/censorship_in_nazi_germany.htm Censorship in Nazi Germany
- US Holocaust Museum
- Censorship of media and the fine arts
- Essay on Bookburning
- Harper, Jennifer (May 25, 2017). Inside the Beltway: The strategic war on Fox News. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
- Kew, Ben (May 25, 2017). Brent Bozell: Attack on Hannity Part of ‘Liberal Strategy to Monopolize the Media’. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
- Hoft, Jim (April 14, 2017). Facebook Suspends 30,000 French Accounts 10 days Before Election in Attempt to Censor Le Pen Supporters. The Gateway Pundit. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- Facebook Targets 30,000 Fake French Accounts Before Election. Breitbart News. April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- See, e.g., classroom prayer.
- See Bias in Wikipedia.
- See, e.g., "Canadian City Backpedals on Decision to Censor Pro-life Bus-shelter Ads." 
- See, e.g., Expelled:No Intelligence Allowed.
- Hasson, Peter (April 5, 2018). What Ingraham, Sinclair And Williamson Have In Common. The Daily Caller. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- DeGroot, Christopher (April 5, 2018). Kevin Williamson Finds a Fitting New Home — NOT! (Updated). The American Spectator. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- See, e.g., liberals and friendship.
- At Columbia, Students Attack Minuteman Founder Ny Sun, October 5, 2006
- Multiple references:
- Bokhari, Allum (August 6, 2018). InfoWars Ban: CNN, Democrats Successfully Lobby Big Tech to Censor Their Critics. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Hudson, Jerome (August 6, 2018). Hollywood Celebrates Masters of the Universe Banning Alex Jones: ‘It’s About Damn Time’. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Nash, Charlie (August 7, 2018). CNN Leads Media Blackmail Campaign to Boot InfoWars from Twitter. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Nolte, John (August 7, 2018). U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy: Big Tech ‘Must Do More Than Take Down’ InfoWars. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Clabough, Raven (August 8, 2018). Dem Senator: Social Media Must Censor “Hate Speech” to Maintain Democracy. The New American. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
- Wong, Kristina (August 18, 2018). TIMELINE: Virginia Democrat Mark Warner Surprise Force Behind Masters of the Universe Crackdown on Speech. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
- Bokhari, Allum (September 7, 2018). BuzzFeed Reporter Charlie Warzel Lobbied Twitter to Ban Infowars, Alex Jones. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
- Multiple references:
- Nolan, Lucas (August 6, 2018). Facebook, Apple Purge InfoWars for ‘Hate Speech’. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Murphy, James (August 6, 2018). Censorship: Alex Jones Removed from Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify. The New American. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Breland, Ali (August 6, 2018). YouTube bans Alex Jones after similar actions by Spotify, Apple, Facebook. The Hill. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Kirkwood, R. Cort (September 7, 2018). Twitter Shuts Down Alex Jones, Infowars. The New American. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- Bokhari, Allum (September 7, 2018). Apple Permanently Blacklists Infowars App from Store. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- Kirkwood, R. Cort (September 24, 2018). PayPal Dumps Alex Jones; Still Handles SPLC. The New American. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- Murphy, James (July 31, 2018). The Censorship Battle of Alex Jones and Why It Affects Us All. The New American. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Pollak, Joel B. (August 6, 2018). Pollak: The Attack on Alex Jones Is An Attack on Free Speech. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Top Headline - The Deep State is Censoring Voices That Do Not Agree With Them. The New American. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Caplan, Joshua (August 6, 2018). Alex Jones: Tech Giants Running Circles Around ‘Incredibly Stupid’ Republican Lawmakers. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Newman, Alex (September 7, 2018). Big Tech Censors Alex Jones — Who’s Next? The New American. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- Bowden, John (February 5, 2019). Facebook removes 22 pages linked to Alex Jones, InfoWars. The Hill. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- Duke, Selwyn (August 28, 2018). Google Is Not a Search Engine; Twitter and Facebook Aren’t Social Media. The New American. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- Haverluck, Michael F. (March 16, 2018). Facebook algorithm kills conservative news feeds, boosts left's. OneNewsNow. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- Mikelionis, Lukas (August 30, 2018). Brown U. censors 'gender dysphoria' study, worried that findings might 'invalidate the perspectives' of transgender community. Fox News. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
- "The Author's Apology, preface to "Mrs. Warren's Profession."