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CBLDF Joins Statement Against Revived Immigration Ban

June 28, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Statement Against Revived Immigration Ban

Back in February shortly after the initial rollout of the immigration ban affecting nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries, CBLDF joined with more than thirty other cultural and human rights organizations to condemn the ban’s impact on artistic freedom, collaboration, and the free flow of ideas. With this week’s news that the Supreme Court has partially…

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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

June 27, 2017
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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

Florida governor Rick Scott yesterday approved legislation that will facilitate challenges to classroom materials, allowing any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” Intellectual freedom advocates are bracing for challenges on multiple topics of public contention, from…

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New TSA Rules May Require Books to be Scanned Separately

June 26, 2017
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New TSA Rules May Require Books to be Scanned Separately

Air travel in the U.S. may be about to get a bit worse for the literate, as the Transportation Security Administration is reportedly testing a new requirement for passengers to remove books and other paper items from their carry-on luggage during security screening. While the TSA says the proposed new policy arises only from scanning…

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Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

June 23, 2017
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Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

The daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, who has been held in an undisclosed location on the Chinese mainland since October 2015 on suspicion of trafficking in banned books, pleaded once again this week for the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to apply diplomatic pressure for his release. Gui was originally abducted…

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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

June 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

CBLDF yesterday signed on to a letter from NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, California, to expedite the approval process for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to be used in the 9th grade curriculum. The process has stalled after one…

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Comics & Intellectual Freedom Events at ALA Annual

June 22, 2017
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Comics & Intellectual Freedom Events at ALA Annual

Librarians, break out those tote bags! Starting today, thousands of library and publishing professionals are converging on Chicago for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. For anyone attending the conference who has a particular interest in comics and/or intellectual freedom, we’ve pulled together some highlights they might want to check out. Saturday, June 24 The…

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Librarian Offers Tips for Handling Ugly Book Challenges

June 21, 2017
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Librarian Offers Tips for Handling Ugly Book Challenges

Two years ago this month, Hood County, Texas library director Courtney Kincaid embarked on what would ultimately be a successful defense of two LGBTQIA-themed children’s books that were challenged by more than 50 local residents: My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis and This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman and Kristyna Litten. Although she…

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Kentucky School District Pulls Thirteen Reasons Why from Middle School Curriculum

June 20, 2017
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Kentucky School District Pulls Thirteen Reasons Why from Middle School Curriculum

The school district in Anderson County, Kentucky has pulled Jay Asher’s novel Thirteen Reasons Why from middle school classrooms, despite the fact that it had been approved for instructional use last school year. According to the local newspaper, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell admitted in an email that “the advertisement of the [Netflix] series played a factor…

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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

June 16, 2017
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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

Two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo staff, the world’s free expression focus has largely shifted away from cartoonists. That certainly does not mean the danger has disappeared, however, as a recent 30-page report from the French nonprofit Cartooning for Peace/Dessins Pour la Paix shows. The report brings together profiles of cartoonists under threat…

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Library of Congress Celebrates Comics During D.C.’s Awesome Con

June 14, 2017
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Library of Congress Celebrates Comics During D.C.’s Awesome Con

Comics old and new are in the spotlight this week at the Library of Congress! Today through Saturday, June 17, the nation’s library is showcasing comics from its collection in the pop-up exhibit Library of Awesome. On Friday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Lynda Carter in a public event that will also stream…

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