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offence andoutrage

Some people are easily offended, and offence is both more frequent as a problem and more difficult to deal with than the much rarer problem of obscenity. The reserved British character when offended easily becomes outraged. Though sex, violence and bad language brought into the home in television films are much the most likely sources of offence-cum-outrage, there is a high risk of the problem arising in journalism. Journalists often feel obliged to feature characters – terrorists and other criminals, for example – that large numbers of people find very objectionable. Offence may be caused by an interview with an undesirable, by a violent picture that is too explicit, by a description that seems uncaring or by crude language bad enough in the street and much worse when it is printed in a newspaper or, worse still, when spoken in a programme.