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Illinois Library Board Votes to Keep M-Rated Games

April 19, 2013
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Here’s some good news on the video-games-and-violence front: Earlier this week, the board of the Elmhurst, Illinois, public library unanimously voted to keep M-rated games in the collection, despite a challenge from a small number of citizens who wanted them banned. In contrast to the library in Paterson, New Jersey, which last month blocked all…

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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

April 16, 2013
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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

National Library Week is here, and that means it’s time for the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to release its annual list of the books most frequently banned and/or challenged in public libraries and schools in the previous year. Read on to find out what they were, and perhaps make some additions to…

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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

April 15, 2013
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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

The annual Muzzle Awards are out! The Muzzles, presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, recognize the very worst offenders against free expression in the past year. This year’s list, in no particular order, includes: The Annville-Cleona, Pensylvania, school board, for removing the picture book The Dirty Cowboy from an…

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Apple Goes on Censorship Spree

April 10, 2013
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Apple Goes on Censorship Spree

Once again, European attitudes towards nudity and sex have clashed with an American business behemoth. Last time, it was Facebook and Paris’ Jeu de Paume museum; this time, it’s Apple and a French distributor of e-comics. Izneo is a digital platform for comics from several French and Belgian publishers. In addition to hosting comics on…

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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

April 4, 2013
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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

Two weeks after the news broke that Chicago Public Schools officials had removed Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir Persepolis from 7th grade classrooms and placed it “under review” for use in 8th-10th grades, reactions continue to pour in from various sources. Read on for a selection of viewpoints on Persepolis and the CPS ban from…

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Vancouver Mom Offended by Museum’s “Whale Bone Porn”

March 28, 2013
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Vancouver Mom Offended by Museum’s “Whale Bone Porn”

Here’s a new twist on the sadly familiar refrain of one person demanding that a cultural institution remove images she considers inappropriate: A mother from Vancouver, British Columbia says that a local museum is displaying “whale bone porn,” which has left her “disturbed and troubled.” Recently, Ann Pimentel took her two children, ages two and…

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The Beginning of the End for Australian Comics Censorship

March 12, 2013
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The Beginning of the End for Australian Comics Censorship

Regular CBLDF readers probably recall Joe Sergi’s post from last year about the birth of official comics censorship in Australia, where the gruesome crimes of Lone Avenger creator Len Lawson cast a pall over the entire industry for decades. Now Australian comics blogger Dan Best brings us another post documenting the beginning of the end…

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Former FBI Profiler Says Video Games Don’t Cause Violence

March 5, 2013
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Former FBI Profiler Says Video Games Don’t Cause Violence

Chalk up another win for video games: a former FBI profiler has added her voice to the chorus of researchers, psychiatrists, and other experts who have stated that video games do not cause violent behavior, though they may exacerbate underlying tendencies just as other types of media can. In an interview on CBS’ Face the…

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Georgia Bill Possible Threat to Parody, Protected Speech

March 4, 2013
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Georgia Bill Possible Threat to Parody, Protected Speech

For the second year in a row, there is a bill in the Georgia legislature that proposes to outlaw using Photoshop or other digital imaging software to make someone appear to be nude or engaged in sexual activity. The Democratic-sponsored House Bill 39 came to our attention recently after one of its co-sponsors demonstrated a…

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Police Investigating Whether Sandy Hook Shooter Emulated Video Game

February 20, 2013
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Police Investigating Whether Sandy Hook Shooter Emulated Video Game

Since Adam Lanza’s December 12 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, video games and their putative connection to violent behavior have been much discussed in the media and by government officials. Now a new profile of Lanza and his mother Nancy from the Hartford Courant reports that police are investigating whether Lanza “might…

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