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Clooney Warns: Cancelling The Interview Sets a Bad Precedent

December 19, 2014
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The Interview poster

As everyone surely knows by now, the film industry this week suffered a blow to free expression when Sony decided to cancel the Christmas Day opening of the comedy The Interview, after hackers with suspected links to North Korea threatened attacks on movie theaters due to the film’s depiction of a plot to kill dictator…

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Censorship is Great Publicity for Fun Home and Many More

December 18, 2014
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Funhomecover

Six months after South Carolina lawmakers finally reached a sort-of-compromise following a protracted debate over the use of LGBT-themed books in summer reading programs at state colleges, one Charleston-area writer looked back last week to reflect on a bright spot in the debacle. As so often happens with any challenge or ban, Charleston City Paper…

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Cameron Post Returning to Shelves in Indian River School District

December 16, 2014
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Victory in Delaware’s Indian River School District! Following a letter sent last week by CBLDF and other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship, school board president Charles Bireley last night withdrew his challenge to The Miseducation of Cameron Post. A review committee already unanimously recommended returning the book to library shelves at Sussex Central…

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Delaware School District Considers Permission Slips for Young Adult Books

December 16, 2014
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Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Spurred by a parent challenge to Ellen Hopkins’ novel Identical, the Appoquinimink School Board in Delaware is now considering proposals requiring parental permission for students to read any books defined as “Young Adult” in class, and separately allowing parents to bar their children from checking out any Young Adult books from the school library. The…

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CBLDF Protests Another Delaware Challenge to Cameron Post

December 12, 2014
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Today CBLDF joins with other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest the removal of emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post from library shelves at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Delaware. The ongoing challenge to the book was brought to light in the midst of a separate dispute over the…

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International Community Rallies to Support Zunar

December 11, 2014
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Zunar cartoon

With Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar facing yet another government investigation for sedition, the international cartooning community is rallying to spread the word and pressure Malaysian authorities to leave him in peace. Nearly all of Zunar’s books have been officially banned in Malaysia at some point. There was a glimmer of hope in October of this…

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Victory in Riverside! The Fault in Our Stars Returned to Middle Schools

December 9, 2014
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fault

Last night the school board in Riverside, California voted 3-2 to restore John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to middle school libraries, after it had been banned by a staff review committee in September. CBLDF and other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship had reminded the board and district administrators of the constitutional…

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NCAC Urges Riverside District to Reinstate The Fault in Our Stars

December 8, 2014
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fault

Following up on the September removal of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars from middle schools in Riverside, California, CBLDF again today joins a coalition of free speech and publishing organizations in urging the school board to reconsider the ban. A letter on behalf of the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project at the…

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Florida State Capitol to Host Satanic Holiday Display

December 5, 2014
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SatanicDisplay

After being denied last year, the Satanic Temple this week received permission to erect a holiday display in the rotunda of the Florida State Capitol alongside other religious displays. The scene depicting an angel falling from heaven is exactly the same as the one that state officials last year called “grossly offensive for the holidays,”…

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Middle Eastern Comics Battle Terrorist Ideologies

December 3, 2014
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Aranim's manga-flavored One Thousand and One Nights

In light of increasingly successful terrorist recruitment tactics which are now drawing disaffected young people from around the world to join ISIL in the Middle East, one Jordanian man firmly believes that the solution may lie in comic books. For the past eight years, Suleiman Bakhit has dedicated his career to creating new Arab heroes…

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