Discipline and Consensus: The British News Media

John Jenks

in British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623143
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651344 | DOI:
Discipline and Consensus: The British News Media

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This chapter explores journalism censorship and the debate about suppression to see how the consensus held together, and how the government was willing to use harsher methods to keep the news and commentary within proper bounds. Maintaining consensus in the twilight Cold War was not an easy thing for British democracy. The British Broadcasting Corporation kept a close eye on Cold War issues, and often favoured the government interest over that of the listeners and viewers. Government censorship marked the edges of acceptable public discourse. Cold War political film censorship tended to focus on Soviet- and Communist-bloc documentary and quasi-documentary feature imports. Although the D-Notice system had remained firm throughout the early 1950s, by the mid-1950s problems were cropping up. Heightened security censorship and press self-censorship may have kept some facts from Soviet spies, but it kept more of them from the British public.

Keywords: British news media; British democracy; journalism censorship; consensus; Cold War; British Broadcasting Corporation; political film censorship; D-Notice system

Chapter.  9072 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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