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Detained Hong Kong Publisher Wins Swedish Press Freedom Award

April 26, 2017
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Detained Hong Kong Publisher Wins Swedish Press Freedom Award

Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai, who has been held in an undisclosed location in mainland China since October 2015 as authorities try to extract information about his customers, has been awarded the Swedish Publicists’ Association’s Anna Politkovskaya Memorial Prize for free speech and press freedom. Gui, a naturalized Swedish citizen, was detained along with four…

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CBLDF Leads Defense of Manga in Idaho Middle School

April 25, 2017
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CBLDF Leads Defense of Manga in Idaho Middle School

CBLDF this week took the lead in defending the manga volume Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad after it was challenged at a middle school in Jerome, Idaho. Following receipt of a letter from CBLDF and other members of the NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, a review committee yesterday unanimously voted to recommend that the…

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Judge Finds No First Amendment Protection for Congressional Art Contest Painting

April 24, 2017
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Judge Finds No First Amendment Protection for Congressional Art Contest Painting

A District of Columbia circuit court judge has ruled against Rep. William Lacy Clay and David Pulphus, the 19-year-old Missouri man who sued the federal government after his painting depicting a civil rights demonstration was removed from display in a Capitol office building multiple times by other members of Congress. Clay and Pulphus announced in…

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Tell DHS Not to Require Social Media Passwords from Foreign Travelers

April 21, 2017
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Tell DHS Not to Require Social Media Passwords from Foreign Travelers

A coalition of 29 advocacy organizations called Fly Don’t Spy has launched a new online petition urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to reject a proposal requiring refugees, visa holders and other foreign visitors to relinquish information about their social media accounts as a condition for entry to the US. CBLDF last month…

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Tamakis React to Top Spot on Frequently Challenged Books List

April 20, 2017
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Tamakis React to Top Spot on Frequently Challenged Books List

With Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s graphic novel This One Summer topping the American Library Association’s most recent list of frequently challenged books, the cousins are speaking out on the “honor” and their thoughts on young people’s freedom to read. This One Summer is both the first graphic novel and the first Canadian work to take…

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Newspaper Readers Debate Merits of Beetle Bailey

April 18, 2017
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Newspaper Readers Debate Merits of Beetle Bailey

A war of Letters to the Editor has broken out in the pages of a small Massachusetts newspaper over the content of Mort Walker’s long-running comic Beetle Bailey, with one reader labeling the strip “totally outdated and loaded with unhealthy behavior” and another responding that the initial complainants should “get a life.” The tiff began…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

April 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

CBLDF this week joined a coalition of free-speech organizations objecting to the abrupt removal of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner from the curriculum of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona. Although students in Honors English 10 have read the book for several years, administrators allege that it was never officially approved for use. CBLDF…

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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

April 13, 2017
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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar won a long-awaited victory this week when a High Court judge agreed he was entitled to compensation for books and original art seized by police in 2010. Although the judge awarded him 18,000 Ringgit (about $4,000) for lost income, Zunar said he was even more gratified by the court’s acknowledgement that…

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What Do We Know About the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016?

April 12, 2017
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What Do We Know About the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016?

It’s that time of year again: This week, the American Library Association released its list of the top ten most challenged books for 2016. CBLDF has joined in the defense of several titles on the list, so today we’re taking a look back through our coverage of these cases! Since winning the Caldecott Honor in 2014,…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

April 11, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

The two nearly identical bills in the Florida legislature that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials have both advanced through the Education Committees in their respective chambers, despite warnings from CBLDF and our partners in the National Coalition Against Censorship that the legislation would undermine educational quality and encourage schools to deviate from state standards.…

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