"In some countries, television and radio programs are carefully censored for offensive language and behavior.
In other countries, there is little or no censorship."
In your view, to what extent should government or any other group be able to censor television or radio
programs? Explain, giving relevant reasons and/or examples to support your position.
The issue of upto what extent a government or any other group should be able to censor television or radio programs is a contentious one. While each side has its strengths and weeknesses, I believe that a program should be carefully censored. Since the televison or radio programs are viewed or listened by society, any program or its part that hurts the sentiments of the society should be restricted to broadcast. Moreover, carefully censored approach doesn't stop the presenter to present its program but restricts the material of the program that can harm the society.
First, a carefully censored program is better for society than a program that is little or not censored. For example a recent television program about immigration and their implicatiomns in the United Kingdonm raised the concerns of immigrated communities. The program blamed immigrated communities for current unemployment and tax increments. Immediately after the program, an agitation started by different local and migrated communities. This situation could have been avoided if there were a provision to carefully censor the program before its broadcast.
Second, since radio and television are two most effective way of braodcasting, people learn and try to adopt things shown in these programs. For example a child viewing a violent program may end up learning violent behavior. If an uncensored program shows unacceptable behavior or language in the society then some people may start learning it. But if a government or any other group censors these programs, the part of the program creating the disturbance will be removed from the program. Thus, censorship makes sure that what should be shown or what should not.
Some may argue that a censorship will take away the rights of sharing the views in the society is flawed. Censorship doesn't stop to show the program but it stops the part of the program that hurts the society as a whole. If the programs are presented in their original format on certain sensitive issues without proper censorship then they could have worse effects on society.
In conclusion, a government or any other group should carefully censor the program that it doesn't hurt the sentiments of the society.