Censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society.  It is a method to suppress speech and other communication deemed objectionable, dangerous or inconvenient.

Censorship is an overriding feature of dictatorships and can be imposed by governments, organizations or individuals. It is often unjustifiable and may not be legal.

The media is often referred to as the “public watchdog” and is relied upon by most people to learn about news and hear debates. The media therefore has a central role to play in the freedom of information and freedom of expression. Governments often dislike influential alternative or critical voices and use regulations to capture, limit or control the media and therefore undermine its independence, reliability and diversity.