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Militants Call for Death of The 99 Creator

July 14, 2014
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Militants Call for Death of The 99 Creator

Last week the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant group better known as ISIS, took a brief timeout from overtaking cities in Iraq to call for the death of Kuwaiti-American comic creator Naif Al-Mutawa. They claimed on Twitter that his series The 99 is “slanderous to Islam” and that “there is no good…

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Nationwide Advocates Rally in Defense of Cameron Post

July 10, 2014
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Nationwide Advocates Rally in Defense of Cameron Post

In the weeks since it became known that a Delaware school board removed emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post as an option on a summer reading list for incoming freshman, we’ve seen a fantastic and heartening response from the author, her readers, library and intellectual freedom groups, LGBT advocates, and a local independent…

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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

July 10, 2014
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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

In the first half of the 20th century public libraries were strictly for edification, not entertainment. Most librarians thought nothing of excluding or removing from their collections books that were considered too frivolous (comics chief among them, of course) or controversial. That attitude began to change in the 1950s, as represented by library science professor…

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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

July 8, 2014
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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

Almost a year ago, Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand declined to add Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls to their collection, fearing prosecution under the country’s child pornography laws. The book was subsequently submitted for review by the New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification, which this week finally rendered a verdict:…

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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

July 7, 2014
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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

A new manga series was cancelled last week just days before it was to debut online, apparently because the publisher was concerned it might clash with Tokyo’s Youth Healthy Development Ordinance. Creator Arisa Yamamoto said on her blog that editors of Comic Zenon, the website that was to run the manga, contacted her two days…

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: Gear Up for Banned Books Week with CBLDF

July 4, 2014
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INDEPENDENCE DAY: Gear Up for Banned Books Week with CBLDF

It’s Independence Day. In the midst of cookouts and fireworks, it’s a good time to reflect on the liberties we have — and often take for granted — including the right to free speech and the freedom to read anything we want. Unfortunately, some people try to impinge on these rights, which is why CBLDF…

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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

July 2, 2014
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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

Yesterday we told you about the letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship, signed by CBLDF and other anti-censorship organizations, urging Florida’s Pasco County School District to restore Paper Towns by John Green to an eighth grade summer reading list. Now Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning has responded to local and national criticism by claiming…

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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

July 1, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

Following last week’s news that John Green’s Paper Towns was removed from a summer reading list in Pasco County, Florida without due process, CBLDF yesterday joined a coalition calling on the school district to restore the book and to follow its own policies for dealing with challenges to materials. When a parent emailed a Pasco…

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Delaware School Board Removes The Miseducation of Cameron Post From Reading List

June 30, 2014
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Delaware School Board Removes The Miseducation of Cameron Post From Reading List

Yet another school district, in Delaware this time, has removed a book from a summer reading list without following its own procedure for reviewing challenged materials. The Cape-Gazette newspaper reported today that the Cape Henlopen school board voted on June 12 to remove Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post as an option on…

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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

June 30, 2014
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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

Here’s some good news to start the week: The school board in Grants Pass, Oregon has approved Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for use in 10th-grade English classes after it was initially rejected by the district’s curriculum council. Each board member read the entire book, and all but one “found the…

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