• Corpus ID: 145630362

Exposing and opposing censorship: Backfire dynamics in freedom-of-speech struggles

  title={Exposing and opposing censorship: Backfire dynamics in freedom-of-speech struggles},
  author={Sue Curry Jansen and Brian Martin},
  journal={Pacific Journalism Review},
Censorship can backfire because it is usually viewed as a violation of the right to free expression, which is widely valued as an ideal; under the Charter of the United Nations, freedom of expression is a universal human right. Backfire occurs, for example, when censorious attacks on a film or book cultivate increased demand for the forbidden work rather than restrict access to it. Censors can inhibit this backfire effect in various ways, including covering up the censorship, devaluing the… 
The Streisand Effect and Censorship Backfire
Barbra Streisand’s attempt to restrict online views of her residence on a public website had the paradoxical effect of leading to many more views than if she had done nothing. Subsequently, attempts
How to make defamation threats and actions backfire
Defamation actions often serve as a form of legal intimidation, suppressing free speech. Threats of defamation suits are more frequent than suits themselves, and can have the same effect. In
The Beating of Rodney King: The Dynamics of Backfire
Studying the backfire process offers improved understanding on how to oppose unjust attacks, and an original framework is developed to analyze attacks as potential backfires that are usually, but not always, inhibited.
The annihilation of memory and silent suffering: inhibiting outrage at the injustice of torture in the War on Terror in Australia
The War on Terror, initiated by the US Government under George W. Bush, reintroduced torture as an overt tool of the state. The Australian Government was heavily implicated in colluding and covering
Repression, Backfire, and The Theory of Transformative Events
Repression sometimes can lead to greater movement mobilization: repressive events that are perceived as unjust have the potential to generate enormous public outrage against those seen as
Tactics Against Sexual Harassment: The Role of Backfire
To oppose sexual harassment, it is useful to understand tactics commonly used by perpetrators. A useful approach to tactics is through the concept of backfire: if an action is perceived as unjust and
Psychological Dynamics of Outrage Against Injustice
The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies Volume 40, Number 1 (2008): 5-23 ©2008 Peace Research Many people become outraged when something occurs that they perceive as unjust, unfair,
Fighting Back: Workplace Sexual Harassment and the Case of North Country
Sexual harassment in the workplace has been documented as a widespread and damaging phenomenon. Less well examined, however, are the tactics used by perpetrators to inhibit outrage about the
When Classification Becomes Censorship
On 20 July 2010, the Office of Film and Literature Classification forbade the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) from screening L.A. Zombie, despite MIFF having scheduled its Australian
Inhibiting outrage: tactics and counter-tactics in legal cases of sexual harassment
Sexual harassment can be conceptualised as an interaction between harassers and targets. Utilising 23 detailed legal transcripts, this study explored evidence of a range of perpetrator tactics and


Censorship, Inc.: The Corporate Threat to Free Speech in the United States
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is a landmark in the defense of free speech against government interference and suppression. In this book we come to see how it also acts as a smokescreen
Making Censorship Backfire
In the age of instantaneous global communications, overt censorship is always a risky endeavor. Attempts to repress 'dangerous ideas' sometimes have the opposite effect: that is, they serve as
Deadly Disclosures: Whistleblowing and the Ethical Meltdown of Australia
Australian whistleblowers, like miners with lights on their hats, take us into a world of wrong-doing that few of us know or want to believe exists. Deadly Disclosures is a provocative analysis of
An Ordinary Atrocity: Sharpeville and Its Massacre
On March 21st, 1960, police opened fire on members of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) protesting peacefully in the Vaal Triangle township of Sharpeville against apartheid's iniquitous "pass laws".
Libel and the Media: The Chilling Effect
The impact of libel law on the freedom of the press is a subject which interests not only practising media lawyers, law students, and journalists, but also members of the general public who are keen
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
POLITICS AND JOURNALISM HERMAN. EDWARD S. and NOAM CHOMSKY, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. New York: Pantheon Books, 1988. 412 pp., $24.95 cloth, $14.95 paper. In an
Dilemmas of Defending Dissent : The Dismissal of Ted Steele from the University of Wollongong
On 26 February 2001, Ted Steele was summarily dismissed from his tenured post of Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong, following his
Countershock: Mobilizing resistance to electroshock weapons
The concept of political ju‐jitsu ‐ the process by which an attack on a non‐violent resister can backfire on the attackers ‐ is introduced and adapted to examine challenges to electroshock weapons.
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Al Franken, one of America's savviest satirists has studied the rhetoric of the Right. He has listened to their cries of "slander", "bias" and even "treason". He's even watched Fox News. A lot. And
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
Despite his environmentalist background, Lomborg concluded that much of the environmentalist literature is misleading, exaggerated, and downright wrong and that the world’s environment is getting better rather than worse.