Censor bars are a basic form of text, photography, and video censorship in which "sensitive" information or images are occluded by black, gray, or even white rectangular boxes. These bars have been used to censor various parts of images. Since the creation of digital editing software which can apply less obtrusive effects such as pixelization and blurring, censor bars are typically used for satire, although they remain in contemporary use to address privacy concerns.
Illustrations of usage
Censor bars applied to an academy painting
Censor bars applied to a model
Censor bars applied to a patient with Stevens–Johnson syndrome
The Turkish Wikipedia logo with a censor bar above the text. This version of the logo has been in use since Turkish authorities blocked online access to Wikipedia in all languages across Turkey.
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- Banned in the media: a reference guide to censorship in the press, motion pictures, broadcasting, and the internet, Herbert N. Foerstel, p. 208 
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