“Take away the right to say ‘fuck’, and you take away the right to say ‘fuck the government’.”
From a post by David Marsh on The Guardian: The risks of using asterisks in place of swearwords
First, people are being denied a full and accurate report of what the entire [John Terry] case hinged on: the swearing was central, not peripheral. Second, the shocking force of the language used is surely diminished by reducing it to asterisks. Third, readers are being treated as children, unable to cope with the reality – however unpleasant – of what, we now learn, highly paid professional footballers say to each other on the pitch.