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If we go to a dictionary

If we go to a dictionary definition, certainly an example is government, but I have yet to find one, and I've looked at many, dictionary defining censorship as being exclusive to government. In fact, it is only in dictionary word usage examples where often government is mentioned, but not in the actual definition for the verb "censor".

If we use the wiki definition, which Brian Middleton only post a portion of, we see CLEARLY that "controlling body" does NOT mean legal authority. Looking at the FULL wiki definition we see CLEARLY that censorship is NOT limit to "legal authority":

Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body. It can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship. It occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films, and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of reasons including national security, to control obscenity, child pornography, and hate speech, to protect children, to promote or restrict political or religious views, to prevent slander and libel, and to protect intellectual property. It mayor may not be legal.

The "controlling body" is the one controlling the content in question, whether that controlling body is public or private is irrelevent, it is STILL the controlling body. On the Daily Paul, Michael Nystrom is the Controlling Body. He is legally allowed to censor anything written within his website, there by denying free speech on his website. This is in no way a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech, yet it IS censorship, and it IS a denial of free speech. One could easily define "censorship" simply as a DENIAL of FREE expression.

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