​​​​20-century censorship around the WORLD!!!
Censorship in America:
  • In 1971 a man named Daniel Ellsburg gave The New York Times top secret information about the Vietnam War, called the pentagon papers. These papers revealed the secrets that the Nixon administration kept secret from the nation.

  • After the papers were published the government took it to court. This case would be known as The New York Times vs. United States supreme court case.
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  • Because of these papers the supreme court case protected our first amendment (the freedom of press), revealed the corruption in government, and ended helped put an end to the Veitnam War, which saved thousands of lives.
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Censorship in Germany

  • Censorship was rampant throughout Nazi Germany. Censorship ensured that Germans could only see what the Nazi hierachy wanted people to see, hear what they wanted them to hear and read what the Nazi's deemed acceptable.
  • The prime mover in censorship was the minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. It was his responisibility to see that the German's were fed with material acceptable to the Nazi state.
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Censorship in Russia
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(Left)-President Vladimr Putin of Russia is shown as "contolling the media and putting it on a leash".) (Middle)- Putin being decribed as "The puppet Master." (Right)- Describing tyranny in Russia
7 interesting facts about censorship!!


  1. The official name for the online censorship idea is the Golden Shield Project, which began in 1998. Critics of the project refer it to the Great fire-wall of China.
  2. During the nearly forty years (1936-1975) that Spain was ruled by successive facist governments, cultural manifestations were closely monitored and controlled by the military authority and the Roman Catholic church. (During censorship under Franco).
  3. In 1966 congress passed the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) that created provisions and procedures allowing any members of the public to obtain records of federal government agencies. (America).
  4. Top seven controversial books in 20th century America include: 1984 by George Orwell, Ulysses by James Joyce, Naked Lunch by William Burroughs, Tropic of cancer by Henry Miller, The Catcher in the rye by J.D Salinger, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and To kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
  5. In 1991 the Serbian government banned Albanian as a language of instruction at all levels of education. During the period 1990-99, all libraries in Kosova were subjected to the burning or destruction of the Albanian-language collections.
  6. Goebbels optimistically declared "From these ashes will rise the pheonix of the new spirit", as the massive funeral pyres of some 20,000 volumes of "offensive" books were devoured by flames in Germany, 1933 by Hitler.
  7. Some of the worst examples of rigid press censorship induced by military dictators in the 20th century were those of Spain (Spanish Civil War 1930-39), Greece 1967-1978, Chile 1973-1990 and Nigeria 1966-1999.
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Works Sited:



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__http://www.beaconforfreedom.org/about_database/russia.html__

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http://www.lectlaw.com/files/case25.htm
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Pentagon+Papers+case
http://www.topsecretplay.org/index.php/content/newspapers
http://www.voiceseducation.org/node/345
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/crook.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU9QtAEP4NM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBrNFBabayo

BY: Tequila Petty, Amanda Neuhauser, Amanda Davis!!!!!