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Blackout (2)

Definition: A situation when the government or the police will not allow any news or information on a particular subject to be given to the public.

* All seven elements would be in.

1. Purposeful, to prevent access to news or information, but this is only in the opinion of the government or the police.

See perfect HINDRANCE (2).

Quote: "The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy". - Benjamin Disraeli.

2. Considered a necessity to help the government or police to achieve a specific goal.

See perfect INVESTIGATION (1).

[Misquotation]: "I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it". - Voltaire.

3. Situation does not really contravene a law. That is, no legal order or court ruling can compel a disclosure under the circumstances.

See perfect VALIDITY (1).

Quote: "The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants". - Samuel Johnson.

4. News or information is not unofficially in the public domain. And no possibility of fifth columnists or disloyal cops leaking closely guarded details to the public.

See perfect INTELLIGENCE (2).

Quote: "Free speech is to a great people what winds are to oceans and malarial regions, which waft away the elements of disease and bring new elements of health; and where free speech is stopped, miasma is bred, and death comes fast". - Henry Ward Beecher.

5. The public - the Press, private investigators, etc. - is desirous of knowing about particular subject. And is demanding seriously to be let in on the news or information.

See perfect JOURNALIST (2).

Quote: "Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial stays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race". - Charles Bradlaugh.

6. Ban on disclosure achieves objective(s) or serves purpose(s), whatever this/these is/are.


Quote: "Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights". - Junius.

7. News or information will be eventually out in the public domain, however long this takes, and whether 'revelation' is useful or not.


Quote: "It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution". - Joseph Addison.

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