The aim of this study is to determine the rationale in accepting the notion that Film Censorship in Britain, in relation to the rest of the World, has made any significant impact on the way in which national governments, citizens and communities respond to it in accordance with the way it has been implemented, adapted to and dealt with legislatively over the last century.
The research brings together practical evidence by way of scholarly theory and the popular press to support some of these arguments and to determine whether it is a necessary element within society in its broadest context.
'Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers' - Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19.
'The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.' (O'Byrne, 2003: 106-112)
So it appears that freedom of expression is not without its limits and is still subject to censorship in term ...