Military censorship

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Satterfield cartoon about Japanese military censorship during the Russo-Japanese War

Military censorship is a type of censorship that is the process of keeping military intelligence and tactics confidential and away from the enemy. This is used to counter espionage. Military censorship intensifies during wartime.[1][2][3]

United States[edit]

Military censorship existed in the United States since the time of the American Civil War.[4][5] United States military in the 20th century defined military censorship as "all types of censorship conducted by personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States", and distinguished within it armed forces censorship, civil censorship, prisoner of war censorship and field press censorship.[6][7]

Notable military censors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bar-Tal, Daniel; Nets-Zehngut, Rafi; Sharvit, Keren (2017-10-30). Self-Censorship in Contexts of Conflict: Theory and Research. Springer. p. 142. ISBN 978-3-319-63378-7.
  2. ^ Caso, Frank (2008). Censorship. Infobase Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-4381-0897-1.
  3. ^ Robins, Kevin; Webster, Frank (1986-03-01). "The Media, the Military and Censorship". Screen. 27 (2): 57–63. doi:10.1093/screen/27.2.57. ISSN 0036-9543.
  4. ^ Cornwell, Nancy C. (2004). Freedom of the Press: Rights and Liberties Under the Law. ABC-CLIO. pp. 61–63. ISBN 978-1-85109-471-4.
  5. ^ Smyth, Daniel (2013-03-01). "Avoiding Bloodshed? US Journalists and Censorship in Wartime". War & Society. 32 (1): 64–94. doi:10.1179/0729247312Z.00000000017. ISSN 0729-2473. S2CID 153881365.
  6. ^ Staff, United States Joint Chiefs of (1994). Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. Joint Chiefs of Staff. ISBN 978-0-16-043183-8.
  7. ^ Army, United States Department of the (1964). Armed Forces Censorship. The Depts. p. 51.