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Cape Henlopen Board Eliminates Entire Reading List in Dispute Over Cameron Post

July 28, 2014
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Cape Henlopen Board Eliminates Entire Reading List in Dispute Over Cameron Post

In a disheartening turn of events, the Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware last week eliminated an entire summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen amidst confusion over how to handle a challenge to one book. The board had previously raised the ire of both free speech and LGBT advocates by removing emily m.…

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North Carolina Woman Continues Fight to Ban Absolutely True Diary

July 25, 2014
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North Carolina Woman Continues Fight to Ban Absolutely True Diary

Since we last checked in with Brunswick County, North Carolina, where local resident Frances Wood is on a one-woman crusade to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from Cedar Grove Middle School, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that a review committee at the…

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Expert to School Board: Listen to Students on Cameron Post

July 24, 2014
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Expert to School Board: Listen to Students on Cameron Post

Tonight, the Delaware school board that last month voted 6-1 to remove emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post from a high school reading list may reconsider their hasty action, which was not in line with district policy on book challenges. The Cape Henlopen school board voted on July 10 to follow the policy…

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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case

July 23, 2014
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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case

Well over a month after a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida cancelled a summer reading program rather than allow students to read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, we finally heard this week from that principal’s boss, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. While Thomas admitted that Washington High School Principal Michael Roberts ignored or…

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Partial Victory in Singapore: Two Out of Three Books Back in Libraries

July 22, 2014
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Partial Victory in Singapore: Two Out of Three Books Back in Libraries

Singapore Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim last week reversed course on the planned destruction of two children’s books that had been pulled from public library shelves, instructing the National Library Board to instead have the books restored to library collections but moved to the adult section. The two books that earned a partial reprieve…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Looking for Alaska in Wisconsin

July 21, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Looking for Alaska in Wisconsin

Last week CBLDF joined a coalition of free speech groups defending John Green’s novel Looking for Alaska against a challenge from a parent who wants it removed from schools in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In a letter sent Friday on behalf of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, the Waukesha superintendent and school…

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Russian Media Watchdog Says Avengers May Incite Violence, Cruelty

July 18, 2014
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Russian Media Watchdog Says Avengers May Incite Violence, Cruelty

A Russian government media regulator is investigating an upcoming Avengers comic as “propaganda of a cult of violence,” possibly resulting in an official warning to Swedish publisher Egmont which distributes the books in Russia. The government is particularly concerned about the character Vanguard, who bears a Soviet hammer and sickle on his chest, and his…

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Google Requires Music Site to Censor Album Covers

July 17, 2014
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Google Requires Music Site to Censor Album Covers

Google appears to be cracking down on websites that use its advertising service on their pages alongside any content that the search giant deems to be “adult or mature.” In the case of UK music magazine Drowned in Sound, the objectionable content was several album covers that Google last week directed it to censor if…

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Singapore Censorship Continues With Archie: The Married Life 3

July 17, 2014
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Singapore Censorship Continues With Archie: The Married Life 3

More bad news out of Singapore: in the wake of a ban on three children’s books featuring same-sex parents from the city-state’s libraries, today we learned that the government has also barred booksellers from importing Archie: The Married Life vol. 3, which features the wedding of gay character Kevin Keller. Many more books have likely…

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Tango, Two Other Books Banned From Singapore Libraries

July 15, 2014
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Tango, Two Other Books Banned From Singapore Libraries

Last week Singapore’s National Library Board, a government agency that oversees public libraries in the city-state, announced that all copies of three children’s books that mention same-sex adoptive parents have been removed from library collections and will be destroyed. One of the books, And Tango Makes Three, is no stranger to censorship—in fact it made…

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