Censorship vs. Restrictions

This time we want to talk about the similarities and differences between 'censorship' and 'restrictions'. Come with me.

"Censorship" vs. "Restrictions" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both words indicate controlling and limiting the freedom of expressing oneself. However, 'censorship' is when the voice of the society or different individuals is completely suppressed, but 'restriction' is when we can express ourselves with certain limitations and boundaries.

Differences

As stated above, when the government decided to impose censorship on media, they will silence anything that goes against their norms. In other words, there should be no trace of what they deem as 'dangerous'. Look at the following examples:

With all this censorship in my country, how am I ever able to critique the system in my article?

Usually, controlling and toxic government leader impose censorship on the society.

'Restrictions' tend to be a bit milder than 'censorship'. When a person or a group limits how we can express ourselves and sets boundaries, those barriers are called 'restrictions'. Look below:

You have to conform to certain restrictions if you are to work in this company.

Wherever I go, I can see how some people are imposing restrictions on others.

Similarities

Both words refer to limiting and suppressing our emotions, creativity, and who we truly are within. Look at the following examples:

The restrictions you are mentioning are too stiff and brutal.

They use censorship to silence marginalized people.

Are They Interchangeable?

Despite the fact that both refer to limiting someone or a community, they cannot be used interchangeably because 'censorship' is mainly done by the government whereas we can have restrictions in the workplace or within families. Compare:

They impose censorship because they are afraid of what people have to say.

As you can see, 'censorship' shows a more rigid and strict way of suppressing the community.

They impose restrictions because they are afraid of what people have to say.

Here, 'restrictions' indicates the limitations within which people can live and behave.

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