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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

November 10, 2016
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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

Vietnamese comic artists today are not only finding creative ways to combat censorship, but are also working to overcome many of the negative stereotypes still associated with the medium—most frequently, the fallacy that comics are for children and cannot be written for an adult readership. Tuoi Tre News spoke with a few creators about the…

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Young Readers on the Benefits of Challenged Books

November 9, 2016
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Although book challenges often come from parents and adults who claim to be looking out for the well-being of children in their communities, a recent project by the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Joan Bertin and the National Council of Teachers of English’s Millie Davis collected messages from young readers about how challenged books opened their eyes…

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MA School Administrators Keep First French Kiss on Optional Reading List

November 2, 2016
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A complaint about “sexually explicit” content in First French Kiss, a book that was included on the Taunton, Massachusetts, high school’s optional summer reading list, was struck down when school officials opted to keep the book in the curriculum. First French Kiss and Other Traumas by Adam Bagdasarian is an anthology of stories that follow Will as he…

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WA Early Achievers Program Raises Censorship Concerns

October 31, 2016
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Broad language used in a Washington State Early Achievers program that singles out specifically “fables, fairy tales, and nature/science books” has raised concerns about censorship in daycares across the state. Part of the Early Start Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, Washington Early Achievers is a program designed to extend “high-quality early learning…

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Remembering Lyn Chevli, A Woman Who Truly Changed Comics

October 28, 2016
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Remembering Lyn Chevli, A Woman Who Truly Changed Comics

Comics legend Lyn Chevli has passed away. Co-founder of Nanny Goat Productions, along with legend in her own right Joyce Farmer, Chevli is credited as the co-publisher of some of the most important feminist works of the underground comix era. She passed away on October 8 of age-related causes in Laguna Beach, California. She was…

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Looking Back on Oklahoma’s War on Comics

October 27, 2016
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With the conclusion of Wizard World Tulsa, local news outlet Tulsa World took a look back on the war Tulsa and neighboring Oklahoma cities waged against comics in the mid-1950s. From book swaps exchanging comics for perceived “higher literature” and independent review committees organized by local communities to fines for selling “objectionable” comics in retail stores, Oklahoma and its concerned citizens…

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Breast Cancer Self-Exam Video Censored on Facebook

October 25, 2016
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Breast Cancer Self-Exam Video Censored on Facebook

Even health education isn’t safe from Facebook’s arbitrary nudity policy. The Swedish Cancer Society, Cancerfonden, ran into trouble with the social media giant earlier this month when they posted an animated breast cancer awareness video. It was taken down due to accompanying visuals on how to conduct a breast self-exam. The video, which included information and…

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Columbia University Cancels Reading After Author Refuses Censorship

October 21, 2016
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Due to concerns over maintaining the “values” of Columbia University and its radio station WKCR, a planned reading by author Laurie Stone was abruptly cancelled. A long time contributor to the Village Voice, a theater critic for The Nation, critic-at-large for the radio show Fresh Air, and Nona Balakian prize winner, Stone has built a professional…

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Burmese Artists Explore Freedom of Expression

October 18, 2016
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Burmese Artists Explore Freedom of Expression

Although 2012 saw the abolition of pre-publication censorship in Burma, many still feel the influence of the decades-long political climate that silenced artists and closed bookstores. A recent set of interviews by DVB demonstrates that a new wave of Burmese artists aren’t standing by, instead testing their new artistic freedom and stepping up to fill a void…

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CBLDF Joins Letter Urging VA School District to Repeal Prior Review Policy

October 14, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Letter Urging VA School District to Repeal Prior Review Policy

A portion of School Board Policy 9.46 that allows Virginia principals to review school newspaper content in the Falls Church City School District prior to publications is getting severe backlash in the free speech community. CBLDF joined NCAC and other free speech organizations in writing a letter to the school board asking them to repeal the…

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