Two Types of Self-Censorship: Public and Private

  title={Two Types of Self-Censorship: Public and Private},
  author={Philip Cook and Conrad Heilmann},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={178 - 196}
We develop and defend a distinction between two types of self-censorship: public and private. First, we suggest that public self-censorship refers to a range of individual reactions to a public censorship regime. Second, private self-censorship is the suppression by an agent of his or her own attitudes where a public censor is either absent or irrelevant. The distinction is derived from a descriptive approach to self-censorship that asks: who is the censor, who is the censee, and how do they… 

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