Secrecy: political censorship in Australia

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  • English
Angus and Robertson , Sydney
Executive privilege (Government information) -- Austr



Statement[by] Jim Spigelman.
LC ClassificationsJQ4029.S4 S68
The Physical Object
Pagination194 p.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5460462M
ISBN 100207125430
LC Control Number73162976

Secrecy: political censorship in Australia. Sydney, Angus and Robertson, (OCoLC) Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: James Jacob Spigelman. The South Australian government refused to prosecute over the distribution of the book, defying the uniform censorship agreement reached with the other states and Federal Parliament just years earlier.

"So in one fell swoop, that whole uniform censorship was broken, completely torn apart, punched a hole in the system," Mr Mullins says. The book was categorised under Australian censorship legislation as blasphemous, indecent and obscene, and given an R18 classification. To this day the novel is required to be sold in a sealed wrapper.

The film adaptation however is readily available for children to watch depending on family internet restrictions.

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The asserted justification for the Australian Intelligence and Australian Government secrecy (lying by omission) is jihadi terrorism, but the reality is that only about 4 Australians. The great test of Australia’s censorship regime was in motion. By the end of the system would be in tatters.

Patrick Mullins is the recent winner of the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart prize for his previous book, Tiberius with a Telephone: The Life and Stories of. The board was made up of scholars who were charged with the task of reading the books and providing reports.

From to the early s, when Customs censorship was officially wound up, approximat titles were banned. The impact these bans had on Australian culture, Nicole says, is undeniable.

“There was a thick safety net thrown. JD Salinger's seminal novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was one such title prohibited in Australia. Despite being in circulation for several years, it was banned when a clerk of the Customs Literature Censorship section decided that the novel contained enough indecent references to be.

The fallout from this event eventually led to the easing of censorship of books in the country and the eventual dissolution of the OFLC. In early OctoberAustralia Post banned the sale of the book in their stores and outlets claiming that books of this nature don't. Direct government means of censorship must be considered separately from the availability of resources to create and distribute information, the activities of private groups and from informal censorship, including exclusion from sources of information and self-censorship.

In a democratic society secrecy and openness exist in a continual dynamic. Road Floozie was submitted to the Literature Censorship Board after copies of the book were seized in Sydney on 16 February The Board concluded that the book ‘needs no comment from a literary point of view.

The style is on a level with the cheap paper, and the illustration on the wrapper. Jan Houghton, Jennifer Berryman, in Libraries in the Twenty-First Century, Censorship.

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In Australia, censorship by governments relates primarily to the regulation of offensive content in the various forms of media but can also apply to content deemed seditious. This is discussed separately below. Constitutionally, there is no general right to freedom of expression although Australia is a.

First published inJD Salinger’s classic novel about teenage angst and rebellion had been freely circulating in Australia for some years when a clerk of the Customs Literature Censorship Section seized an imported copy for review. Inin great secrecy and at considerable risk, Penguin Books Australia resolved to publish Portnoy’s Complaint— Philip Roth’s frank, funny, and profane bestseller about a boy hung up about his mother and his penis.

In doing so, Penguin spurred a direct confrontation with the censorship authorities, which culminated in criminal. Political censorship exists when a government attempts to conceal, fake, distort, or falsify information that its citizens receive by suppressing or crowding out political news that the public might receive through news outlets.

In the absence of unflattering but objective information, people will be unable to dissent with the government or political party in charge. Books are banned in the society depicted in Fahrenheit When they're found, they're burned, along with the homes of the books' owners.

But it's important to remember that in the world of this novel, the suppression of books began as Beatty explains to Montag, people didn't stop reading books because a tyrannical government forced them to stop. AFP to review investigations as media campaigns against Govt secrecy, censorship News.

The new head of the Australian Federal Police has ordered a review into the handling of sensitive investigations, following raids on two media organisations. One of the first political books I bought was a faded copy of Australia’s Censorship Crisis, edited by Geoffrey Dutton and Max Harris.

I picked it up more for its cover than its contents, and this turned out to be serendipitous. Though it was then already out of print, the volume retains an almost enchanted quality: it ages but it never dates.

Chinese government censors are reading Australian publishers' books and, in some cases, refusing to allow them to be printed in China if they fail to comply with a long list of restrictions.

Motives. Most broadly, the purpose of the censorship apparatus is to maintain the stability of the status quo system of governance under the Communist Party. This includes political censorship as well as censorship of content deemed obscene for the sake of public morality, although the latter justification can be used as a cover for censorship of political topics.

The Pentagon's plan to buy up and destroy the entire first print run of Operation Dark Heart, a book written by a former DIA officer Anthony Schaffer, about covert cross border operations in north west Pakistan inis both alarming and comical, writes author Frederick Reuss; but it should not distract us from the secrecy and opacity of the Washington he portrays in his new novel, A.

The protest is aimed at national security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a "culture of secrecy" in Australia. The government said it. Wikileaks has revealed a secret court order in Australia to censor reporting on a massive, years-long political bribery and corruption scandal in the country involving its central bank and several.

Censorship the media is the suppression, alteration, or prohibition of written, spoken, or photographic information from books, newspapers, television and radio reports, and other media sources.

Censorship may be used to suppress information considered obscene, pornographic, politically unacceptable, or a threat to national security.

The unprecedented blackout of front pages by Australia’s newspaper publishers this week is a highly significant event in Australian political and media history.

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Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books. My library. Australia has ranked among the top 30 nations in recent world press freedom surveys published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Freedom House and is broadly regarded as a substantially free Western liberal democracy. This article considers how the methodologies of those organisations assess the impact upon media freedom of a range of recent decisions and actions by Australian politicians.

No democracy can survive censorship. If there is censorship, then each individual cannot make his/her own decisions (voting decisions or otherwise) on the basis of truth but only on the basis of whatever passes through the censor’s filter, which is always whatever supports the censoring regime and implants it evermore deeply into the public’s mind — regardless of its actual truthfulness.

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This list of Internet censorship and surveillance in Oceania provides information on the types and levels of Internet censorship and surveillance that is occurring in countries in Oceania. Detailed country by country information on Internet censorship and surveillance is provided in the Freedom on the Net reports from Freedom House, by the OpenNet Initiative, by Reporters Without Borders, and.

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The Constitutional Right to Freedom of Expression. The records shows that early censorship in the Scandinavian countries followed the same trends as elsewhere in Europe, thus the main reasons for banning or confiscating books, or punishing authors were the bitter conflict between Catholicism and Protestantism, recorded as early as (1).

Australian peacekeeping troops walk by a home fire in Dili, East Timor, in June Good history, writes Paul Daley, must be independent from national reputation-shaping and political.The book, he writes, is intended as a “modest counter-narrative to the official accounts of Australia at war and the role of the intelligence services and the foreign-run bases”.