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Connecticut Inmate Sues for Access to Art Books

October 31, 2014
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Connecticut Inmate Sues for Access to Art Books

A Connecticut prisoner is suing the state after he was denied access to three art books and another on childbirth, all of which appear to meet the guidelines for books that should be allowed under a Department of Correction policy designed to bar pornography from prisons. Dwight Pink Jr was convicted of murder along with…

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Ender’s Game Retained in Mesa County Curriculum

October 30, 2014
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Ender’s Game Retained in Mesa County Curriculum

The sci-fi novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card will not be banned from the curriculum in Colorado’s Mesa County Valley School District, a review committee decided with an 8-1 vote last week. The book, which is read and discussed in 6th grade language arts classes, was recently challenged by a parent and former 5th…

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Ohio School District Considers Challenge to Freedom Writers Diary

October 28, 2014
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Ohio School District Considers Challenge to Freedom Writers Diary

The Parkway Local School District in northwest Ohio last week formed a committee to consider a challenge to the collaborative memoir The Freedom Writers Diary after the father of a high school freshman asked that it be banned from classrooms. Although the district is following its review policy regarding challenges, the book is currently suspended…

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ALA Objects to Proposed Flagging of Books from Banned/Challenged Lists

October 23, 2014
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ALA Objects to Proposed Flagging of Books from Banned/Challenged Lists

Amidst the can of worms opened up when the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District recently suspended and then reinstated seven books on approved reading lists, it is important not to overlook one particularly alarming practice. Currently the district is considering a proposal to identify “objectionable texts” using the American Library Association’s annual lists of…

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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

October 22, 2014
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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

A UK man last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing illegal manga and anime, a first since manga was added to the country’s child pornography laws in 2010. Robul Hoque of South Bank, Middlesbrough was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the sentence was suspended as long as he does not break…

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The Decade Animated Udders Went Under Wraps

October 21, 2014
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The Decade Animated Udders Went Under Wraps

Cows are natural comedians, as Far Side creator Gary Larson proved many times over the years. A great deal of the bovine potential for visual humor lies in their udders, and early animators from Disney and other studios quickly latched on (pun intended) in the late 1920s. But the udder party lasted only a few…

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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

October 16, 2014
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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

A Malaysian appeals court last week lifted a ban on two books by political cartoonist Zunar, who has been arrested and had his work seized by the government multiple times over the years. Although the unanimous ruling by three appeals court judges is undeniably a good sign for freedom of expression in Malaysia, it does…

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Egyptian Cartoonists Choose Creative Freedom or Mainstream Distribution–Not Both

October 15, 2014
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Egyptian Cartoonists Choose Creative Freedom or Mainstream Distribution–Not Both

In the tumultuous years since Egyptians overthrew ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak, political cartoonists have continued to lampoon whichever government is in power–but sometimes they must find ways to be circumspect about it. An article from last week’s Sunday Observer took the current pulse of Egyptian political cartooning, with one artist saying that right now is “the…

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Books and Content Ratings Don’t Mix

October 14, 2014
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Books and Content Ratings Don’t Mix

When books are challenged in schools and libraries, it’s not uncommon for complainants to invoke content ratings for other media, as in “if this were a movie, it would be rated R.” From there, some parents take what seems to be the logical next step: advocating for comprehensive content ratings for books, as we saw…

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NCAC Letter Objects to Idaho Prior Consent Proposal for Assigned Reading

October 10, 2014
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NCAC Letter Objects to Idaho Prior Consent Proposal for Assigned Reading

In Teton County, Idaho, where Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima was removed from and then restored to high school classrooms last year after some parents complained about language and “satanic rituals,” the school board is now considering a proposal that would require prior parental consent for each book assigned to students. Along with five other…

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