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George Orwell: The Freedom of the Press

“Obviously it is not desirable that a government department should have any power of censorship (except security censorship, which no one objects to in war time) over books which are not officially sponsored. But the chief danger to freedom of thought and speech at this moment is not the direct interference of the MOI or any official body. If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion. In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and that fact does not seem to me to have had the discussion it deserves.” RTWT at: George Orwell: The Freedom of the Press

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  • Dr. Jay June 24, 2017, 3:10 PM

    Unvarnished language hath charms to vex the modern man most sorely.