|ROCK OUT CENSORSHIP - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS|
The term to describe a government's desire to curb the free speech rights of it's citizens. It is censorship to restrict the speech and expression of individuals. All people have the right to express themselves as they see fit, even if their government does not recognize that right.
Censorship occurs whenever government, in any form, be it as a legislative body, or as an authoritative individual government employee, passes legislation or sets policy with a goal of silencing ideas simply due to the content of those ideas.
Restrictions on speech and expression made by the private sector do not qualify as censorship as businesses are free to run themselves as they see fit. It is whenever government attempts to systematically silence ideas, in whatever medium they are found, that you have a case of censorship.