Though freedom of speech is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, there are times when speech and other forms of communication may be subject to censorship. To censor a person or party is to suppress verbal and other types of communication by the government, media, or other organization. The reasons to censor an individual or faction will usually revolve around the concept that what is being communicated is harmful or objectionable.
There are different types of censorship that exist, with each having particular reasons to censor an individual. Moral censorship entails the removal of obscene material, such as pornography. Child pornography is usually the subject that is censored in this regard and is considered illegal in most jurisdictions across the world.
Another common case occurs in the media, where language is commonly censored. Language is censored through the use of the "bleep method," where objectionable or foul language is replaced by an audible "bleep." This method is used both in television and radio.
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