Praise for Censorship Editorial

I would like to commend the Minnesota Daily for featuring the article âÄúThe courtâÄôs censorship rulingâÄù in their Nov. 3 edition. For once in a very long while, journalism was used as originally intended: not to promote politicians or agendas, but to inform the public. Censorship has been a controversial subject for centuries. Writers like John Milton faced excruciating torture and death for printing their ideas. Those in power (at this point, England was a republic run by Parliament) felt that so-called treasonous ideas should be withheld from the public so they could live more pure, righteous lives. However, when ideas are withheld from us, the public, our freedom to choose is annulled. As members of a society founded on a Constitution guaranteeing certain basic, inalienable liberties, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press, we need to be informed about all sides of the issues in order to responsibly make the decisions that affect our nation today. As much as we may hate to hear it, we students are the future of our nation, and censorship will only hinder us from a free exchange of ideas, which will in turn keep us from progression. We must protect and our freedoms of speech and press in order to reach our full potential as a country. That potential could never be achieved through censorship. Kathryn Klein University student