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Danish Editor Reflects on Muhammad Cartoon Controversy in New Book

November 20, 2014
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Flemming Rose

Nearly a decade after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed 12 controversial cartoons on the theme of Islam and free expression, a book by the editor who commissioned the illustrations has finally made its way into print in the United States. Last week Flemming Rose, now the foreign editor at Jyllands-Posten, spoke to Michael Cavna of…

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Highland Park Requires Parental Permission for Classics

November 19, 2014
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Forging ahead with an ill-considered plan that drew criticism from the National Coalition Against Censorship (including CBLDF) and the American Library Association, the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District last week revealed some of the books that students now need parental permission to read. In addition to three books that were previously suspended from and…

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Jefferson County Students Thrown Out of Board Meeting

November 14, 2014
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In Jefferson County, Colorado, where the debate continues over a plan to review the AP U.S. History curriculum, about a dozen students were ejected from a school board meeting last week for civil disobedience tactics including reading passages from their textbook out loud. The irony, of course, is that members of the school board who…

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Malaysian Human Rights Group Supports Zunar

November 13, 2014
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Following yesterday’s news that Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar and several business associates are again under investigation by government authorities for sedition, the human rights organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) today issued a statement demanding an end to the “unrelenting harassment and persecution” he has suffered since the publication of his first book in 2010. Zunar…

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Zunar Assistants Arrested for Selling Cartoon Books

November 12, 2014
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Just over a month after a Malaysian appeals court lifted a ban on two of political cartoonist Zunar’s books, the artist and his employees are again facing harassment and intimidation from police. As the sensational trial of an opposition leader accused of sodomy began last week, three of Zunar’s assistants were arrested outside the courthouse…

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CBLDF Urges Objectivity for Highland Park School Board

November 11, 2014
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As the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District continues to deal with parental complaints about certain books approved for classroom use, CBLDF yesterday joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and five other free speech organizations to send a letter urging the school board and superintendent to make decisions “based solely on sound educational grounds” rather…

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Turkish Cartoonist Acquitted of Insulting President

November 6, 2014
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Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart was recently acquitted of insulting his country’s president and former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via cartoon, but Kart says the repression of journalists in Turkey is only getting worse. In February of this year, Kart criticized Erdoğan’s apparent role in a graft scandal and simultaneously mocked a speech that…

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Cape Henlopen Board to Review Summer Reading Policy

November 5, 2014
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Delaware school district that eliminated an entire summer reading list in July amidst confusion over how to handle a challenge to one book is now considering adding a month-long review period for parents or others to bring up any concerns about books on future lists. For the first time this year, incoming freshman at…

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Florida School District Bedeviled by Satanic Coloring Book

November 4, 2014
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The school district in Orange County, Florida is feeling the heat as it considers whether to allow distribution of a Satanic coloring book and fact sheets in schools. The Satanic Temple submitted the literature after the district allowed a Christian group to distribute Bibles to students earlier this year. Following the first Bible distribution by…

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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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