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Utah School Says Students Saw ‘Inappropriate Material’ in Oklahoma!

November 2, 2017
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Utah School Says Students Saw ‘Inappropriate Material’ in Oklahoma!

In response to complaints from one set of parents, a Utah school district has acknowledged that about 100 junior high students may have caught a fleeting glimpse of partial nudity while watching a 1999 version of the musical Oklahoma! in late September. In an email to all parents almost two weeks later, the Nebo School…

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Chinese Censor Board Frowns on Battle Royale Game Genre

November 1, 2017
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Chinese Censor Board Frowns on Battle Royale Game Genre

China’s media censor board announced this week that it is unlikely to approve the wildly popular multiplayer online video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) because it “severely deviates from the socialist core value and the Chinese traditional culture and moral rule.” The game is not completely blocked in the country since players can access it on…

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Library of Congress Exhibit to Highlight Women Cartoonists and Illustrators

October 31, 2017
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Library of Congress Exhibit to Highlight Women Cartoonists and Illustrators

Following this summer’s comics pop-up exhibit Library of Awesome, the Library of Congress will once again put the spotlight on sequential art next month with “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” a long-term exhibit featuring nearly 70 original works by artists including Grace Drayton, Sue Coe, Roz Chast, and Raina Telgemeier. The free…

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Minnesota Lawmakers Threaten Funding for Anti-Pipeline Video Game

October 30, 2017
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Minnesota Lawmakers Threaten Funding for Anti-Pipeline Video Game

Some Minnesota state legislators are looking to limit free expression funded by public arts grants after a Native American video game developer and professor created a game where players fight an oil pipeline embodied as a mechanical snake. One lawmaker referred to Beth LaPensée’s game Thunderbird Strike as “an eco-terrorist version of Angry Birds” and…

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Amazing Spider-Man Anti-Drug Story Hastened Demise of Comics Code

October 27, 2017
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Amazing Spider-Man Anti-Drug Story Hastened Demise of Comics Code

In 1971, American society was changing at such a rapid clip that the Comics Code Authority actually took notice and tried to keep up. Following a tumultuous decade of assassinations, riots, advances in civil rights, and increasing mistrust of government largely due to the Vietnam War, the first revision of the Code since its 1954…

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Mockingbird Returns to Class in Biloxi–With Strings Attached

October 26, 2017
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Mockingbird Returns to Class in Biloxi–With Strings Attached

After a national outcry over the removal of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from the 8th grade curriculum in Biloxi, Mississippi, the book will return to classrooms on Monday — with caveats. Whereas the reading assignment previously was “opt-out” such that any student or parent could request an alternate book, it has now become…

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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

October 25, 2017
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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been restored to the 10th grade curriculum at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois. The book was temporarily suspended pending a review committee decision, after one parent simply requested an alternate assignment for their own child.…

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Gui Minhai Missing Since Alleged Release from Chinese Detention

October 24, 2017
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Gui Minhai Missing Since Alleged Release from Chinese Detention

Chinese authorities claim to have released Gui Minhai, the last of five men associated with Hong Kong publisher Mighty Current who were originally detained in late 2015. According to his daughter Angela Gui, however, his whereabouts remain unknown and he has not contacted family or friends since his alleged release on October 17. Gui was…

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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

October 23, 2017
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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

Indian political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested and charged with sedition in 2012 before the charges were ultimately dropped, has warned in a new interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the state of free expression in his country has worsened during the intervening years. Mumbai police banned Trivedi’s blog Cartoons Against Corruption in…

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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

October 20, 2017
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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

In the wake of a draconian censorship directive from the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, numerous students, teachers, parents, and community members are speaking up in defense of the freedom to read. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any library materials, textbooks, or supplemental texts that contain “profanity, cursing, or…

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