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NC Parents Fight for Children’s Right to Read

November 14, 2012
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NC Parents Fight for Children’s Right to Read

Books and graphic novels are persistently banned in schools and libraries across the country due to complaints from fundamentalist groups and overbearing parents who feel it their responsibility to suppress access to legal speech they find objectionable. A group of parents in Guilford County, North Carolina, are fighting that vocal minority. Guilford County parent Caroline…

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The Mayor Who Failed to Censor Comics

October 3, 2012
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The Mayor Who Failed to Censor Comics

A historical milepost article on The Columbus Dispatch website, an Ohio-based periodical, revisits September 28, 1954, when the city’s mayor composed a panel to review the censorship of comics. In assembling the panel, Columbus mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner noted that the FBI and behavioral psychiatrists, such as Fredric Wertham (known for the persecution of comic books in Seduction…

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Zut Alors! Stockholm Library Briefly Bans Tintin

October 1, 2012
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Zut Alors! Stockholm Library Briefly Bans Tintin

In the course of one day, a library in Sweden banned and then lifted the ban on Tintin comics. The comic series, by Belgian comic artist Georges Remi, is about the misadventures of a young reporter and his dog and is set in the early 20th century. A youth services librarian at the Kulturhuset, Stockholm, decided…

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Unshelved Celebrates Virtual Read-Out

August 31, 2012
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Unshelved, a webcomic created by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, ran a series of comic strips this week to celebrate Banned Books Week’s Virtual Read-Out. According to the website’s About page, Ambaum and Barnes began publishing Unshelved, which focuses on the staff of a community library, in 2002. The strips, which began running on Monday,…

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Stanford University Hosts “When Artists Attack the King” Exhibition

August 22, 2012
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Stanford University Hosts “When Artists Attack the King” Exhibition

If you live near or are visiting Stanford University in the near future, you should take advantage of a free exhibition of various works by 19th century French caricaturist Honore Daumier. Daumier’s works often reflected political and social satire, and he often faced legal persecution as a result of his caricatures. Stanford University’s Cantor Arts…

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Comic Spring in the Arab World

August 9, 2012
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Comic Spring in the Arab World

Comic artists and cartoonists in Arab nations and much of the Middle East have been cultivating a new era of cultural, social, and political importance of the media. These artists have been defiant, often risking their lives in the face of harsh censorship as their nations transition to more democratic governments. This comic renaissance has…

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Cartoonist Battles Frivolous Lawsuits with Comedic Protest

July 26, 2012
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Cartoonist Battles Frivolous Lawsuits with Comedic Protest

The Oatmeal, a website that features the work of cartoonist and programmer Matthew Inman, has been entangled in a legal dispute with the attorney of competitor Funny Junk, a comedy site that posts user-uploaded images. After exercising his First Amendment right to make a statement against copyright infringement that was taking place on Funny Junk’s…

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New Arizona Law: Schools and Libraries Comply or Lose Funding

July 4, 2012
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Public schools and libraries in Arizona will be at the mercy of a new law, effective August 1, that requires the institutions to block “obscene” materials on the internet or they will lose 10 percent of their funding, according to articles posted on the First Amendment Center and The Arizona Republic websites. From The Arizona…

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‘Alarming’ Increase in Google Censorship Requests

June 22, 2012
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‘Alarming’ Increase in Google Censorship Requests

The internet search engine Google has been subject to an "alarming" increase in requests to censor and block certain search results and content over the last six months of 2011, according to recent articles from the Huffington Post and The Washington Post. Blogger Justin Brown takes a look at the increase in censorship requests around…

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“In Our Mothers’ House” Restricted Access in Utah School District

June 12, 2012
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“In Our Mothers’ House” Restricted Access in Utah School District

With the President's recent open approval of same-sex marriage; a federal appeals court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (claiming it unconstitutional); the success of Life with Archie #16, featuring the marriage of a gay character; and Marvel and DC's inclusion of prominent storylines about gay characters, one may surmise it is easy for…

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