Imperial taboos: Salazarist censorship in the Portuguese colonies

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Censorship under the Salazar dictatorship was conceived as a structural element of the imperial state, enjoying full territorial coverage. Chapter 9 discusses the thesis of the efficient use of censorship by the Salazarist state apparatus, as a rational way of ensuring the best cost-benefit relationship and awarding it a central place in the process of colonial domination. The chapter offers a problematised synthesis of censorship in the Portuguese colonies from two important angles: (1) origins, evolution, content, and political and sociocultural impact; (2) articulation with other instruments: propaganda, police repression, business penalisation and bribery. The chapter contributes to a more complex portrait of the Portuguese public sphere in an imperial and dictatorial context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia and the Portuguese Empire
EditorsJosé Luís Garcia, Chandrika Kaul, Filipa Subtil, Alexandra Santos
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-61792-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-61791-6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of the Media


  • Salazarist censorship
  • Portuguese colonies
  • Imperial state
  • Portuguese public sphere
  • Dictatorial context


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