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By Frank Caso

Censorship examines the historical past and present practices of censorship in 5 countries--the united states, Russia, China, Egypt, and Zimbabwe--and discusses key counterstrategies. This enlightening new quantity comprises appropriate basic resource files; details on easy methods to examine and evaluation assets; biographical details on vital figures whose lives have been, or are, associated with censorship; and a listing of U.S. and foreign organisations and organisations.

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This was the beginning of what became known as the cold war, which lasted until the breakup of the Soviet ­Union in 1991. In the United States, anticommunist sentiment that had been restrained during the war­time alliance began to be unleashed. During the course of the 10 years following World War II, domestic and international events not only escalated the cold war but contributed to First Amendment repression in the United States. One of the major differences between the post–World War II Red Scare and the earlier one of 1919–20 was the use of blacklists by private industry, federal and state governments, and universities to block people from working who ­ were considered communist or sympathetic to communism.

These moves are very 15 censorship controversial, and the latter one contains complications that will be exam-­ ined later in the case study on the United States. The other four case study nations also have constitutions that guarantee freedom of speech and of the press. Yet their guarantees, like those of the United States, are not absolute. Some of the constitutions’ wording is vague, including clauses that may be interpreted to contravene those clauses that guarantee citizens’ rights. Other constitutions have censorship clauses writ-­ ten into them.

The first to challenge the order was a former Demo­cratic congressman, Clement Vallandigham (1820–72). At the April 1863 Ohio Demo­cratic con-­ vention, Vallandigham spoke against the war and against what he viewed as federal usurpation of state powers. Burnside promptly ordered Val-­ landigham’s arrest. He was tried by a military commission and found guilty. As expected, there was an outcry in the Demo­cratic press. One of the Demo­ cratic newspapers, the Chicago Times, was so vehement in its criticism of the Vallandigham affair and the Lincoln administration in general, that 22 Fo c u s on the Unite d St ate s General Burnside ordered it closed down.

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