Military censorship

Other Names:
Censorship of war reporting

Military censorship may include censorship of national and international media by means of mandatory submission of reports before they can be released, of every page of copy needing to be stamped with a censor's stamp before it can be telexed, and by phone tapping. While practising countries maintain this scrutiny is vital to their national interests, it is often used only to serve the best interests of the people in power, not the interests of those whom they serve.


The USA press was forbidden to enter Granada when the USA invaded that country in 1983, and Israel practices most of the censorship techniques mentioned above. During the course of the Gulf War governments placed severe restrictions on reporting on all aspects of the war such that the public's right to know was severely compromised. Coalition forces were allowed to filter and mould information in order to achieve their own objectives.

Broader Problems:
Related Problems:
Self censorship
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST