“Censorsh
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was inspired by the essay “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” by the German Jewish writer/critic Walter Benjamin, who took his own life when on the verge of being captured by the Gestapo in Portugal. The process of becoming is a fact. So is censorship, which is a global phenomenon. Post-war Sri Lanka is indeed at a threshold. Censorship may be a political act – the deliberate use of power, competition and games to coerce. It may be used at the level of one person to another, in relations between group, and within and between countries. Censorship may be based on the censor’s fear, who in turn uses fear to encourage self-censorship. Fear and/or prudence lead one to self-censorship. The question is what are we becoming?