When we think of the word "censorship", we imagine blacked out words and authoritarian political regimes of the past. However, censorship is alive and well today, and just as pervasive in capitalist democracies as repressive regimes. Offering a potted history of the phenomenon from the execution of Socrates in 399BC to the latest in internet filtering, Petley provides an impassioned manifesto for freedom of speech. Also explaining how media monopolies and moguls censor by limiting what news/entertainment they impart, this is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in global media in the information age.
"This is an important and timely book and I recommend it to anyone who thinks that censorship belongs to the pages of history."
"An essential read for anyone concerned about this curiously neglected area of media scholarship. A timely reminder about the dangers of censorship for democratic societies. "
– Bob Franklin - Professor of Journalism Studies, Cardiff University
"A much needed and thought-provoking introduction to the current state of free expression. In just a couple of hundred succinct pages, Julian Petley brings his usual lucidity to bear on the complexities at hand."
– Brian Winston - Faculty of Media, Humanities & Technology, University of Lincoln
"A timely and vigorous defence of freedom of speech against censorship in all its insidious forms."
– Eric Barendt - Goodman Professor of Media Law, UCL