Censorship and propaganda.doc - Censorship and propaganda Introduction Throughout World War II the Australian government centralised Australia's economy

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Censorship and propaganda Introduction Throughout World War II, the Australian government centralised Australia's economy and war effort. While co-ordinating Australia's labour market and directing labour to critical war industries, the government also conducted a policy of censorship. The government controlled information that was made public - in printed media, on the radio, and other forms of communication. The censorship was conducted to prevent important information about Australia's war time strategies and capabilities becoming known to the enemy and to shield Australia from bad news and promote enthusiasm for the war. Censorship sometimes involved propaganda. Censorship Censorship is a sensitive issue for democratic countries such as Australia, the United States and Britain, as freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of Western democracy. In times of political turmoil and war, however, varying degrees of censorship, filtering and controlling information have been adopted. See image 1 In Australia during World War II, the government exercised significant powers over censorship and the release of sensitive information to the public. The government created
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