Archive for the ‘Censorship’ Category

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.

-John F. Kennedy

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.

-Tommy Smothers

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is afraid of its people.

-John F. Kennedy

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

-George Bernard Shaw

The press is easier to strangle than to look in the eyes.

-Winston Churchill

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

An internet anti-censorship advertisement from Australia:

Silentium Victoriam Accelerat

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The United States Office of Censorship operated from December 19, 1941 through August 15, 1945 to censor international wartime communications.

When President Roosevelt created the office, he wrote:

All Americans abhor censorship, just as they abhor war. But the experience of this and of all other Nations has demonstrated that some degree of censorship is essential in wartime, and we are at war.

Read Roosevelt’s entire executive order here.

Byron Price, the executive editor of the Associated Press was appointed the first and only Director of Censorship. Price’s biggest task during the war was to keep secret information about development of the atomic bomb.  Price’s office developed the “Code of Wartime Practices” which, although voluntary for American radio and press outlets, made clear that certain pieces of information were not to be published.

The office operated under the motto Silentium Victoriam Accelerat, which from Latin translates Silence Speeds Victory.

Interesting further reading:
Secrets to Victory


Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Further reading:


“Burn this Book is a powerful collection of essays that explore the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves.”

Monday, January 4th, 2010


Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Two quotes from an article The Press: Censorship, Pros & Cons published in TIME magazine December 31, 1945, 64 years ago today:

No one who does not dislike censorship should ever be permitted to exercise censorship.

-Director of U.S. Office of Censorship, Byron Price

Censorship is a necessary shield, “in democratic countries, including Russia,” against “all kinds of poisonous slander harmful to the cause of peace,” and is justified “as long as influential newspapers or private owners” commit slander.

-Quoting Russian writer N. Baltisky

Full article here.

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

We’re talking about words. And I don’t believe there is any word that needs to be suppressed.

-Frank Zappa, 1986