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Pakistani Political Cartoonist Mourns Free Expression

June 24, 2014
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Pakistani Political Cartoonist Mourns Free Expression

Pakistani political cartoonist Sabir Nazar is lucky. He’s currently in Washington, DC for a six-month fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy, just as extremist attacks against journalists are ramping up in his home country. A few days ago he talked to Public Radio International’s Carol Hills about the difficulty of carving out a “very…

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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

June 20, 2014
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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

In a few days we will mark the 11th anniversary since the Supreme Court decided in United States v. American Library Association that filtering of Internet access on school and library computers does not infringe on free speech rights. The case resulted from ALA’s challenge to the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000, which requires…

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Raffle of Original 2000 AD Artwork Benefits CBLDF

June 20, 2014
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Raffle of Original 2000 AD Artwork Benefits CBLDF

We just heard that some lovely fans of the UK sci-fi comics weekly 2000 AD have organized a raffle of original artwork to benefit CBLDF! Full details can be found by joining the 2000AD Comic Artwork Facebook group, but some of the items to be raffled include: A huge page of black and white Judge…

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CNN Spectacularly Fails To Understand Manga and Anime

June 19, 2014
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CNN Spectacularly Fails To Understand Manga and Anime

As Japan prepares to implement a new law which bans the possession of child pornography but exempts manga and anime, CNN released an over-the-top sensationalist video report this week that demonstrates a profound lack of knowledge about the formats. Much of the report by Tokyo correspondent Will Ripley is devoted to undercover footage of an…

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Join Us For a Google+ Hangout Featuring Cory Doctorow and More!

June 17, 2014
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Join Us For a Google+ Hangout Featuring Cory Doctorow and More!

Heads up, free speech lovers! This Thursday, June 19, the Banned Books Week coalition presents a Google+ Hangout on Air featuring Cory Doctorow, author of the novel Little Brother, to discuss the importance of fighting censorship and the value of Banned Books Week. In addition to discussing the current controversy surrounding Doctorow’s novel at a…

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A Gamer Asks: Can Games Go “Too Far”?

June 17, 2014
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A Gamer Asks: Can Games Go “Too Far”?

The constant determined attempts of media outlets and others to draw some sort of connection between violence in video games and in real life have already been covered at length here. But last week Kim Berkley of Artistry in Games offered an avid gamer’s take on the issue of controversial material in games: is there…

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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

June 13, 2014
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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

Although production and distribution of underage pornography have been illegal in Japan for (only) 15 years, possession of it currently is not. That will change later this month, when a law passed last week by the country’s House of Representatives goes into effect. Virtually everyone can agree that this is a good thing; it’s long…

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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

June 12, 2014
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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

When books are challenged in libraries and schools, one of the most important things for governing boards and administrators to do is have a clear and complete challenge policy already in place–and to actually follow it. Since last month the Wilson County School Board in Tennessee has been illustrating how not to go about it…

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Middle Eastern Online Bookseller Puts Spotlight on Banned Books

June 10, 2014
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Middle Eastern Online Bookseller Puts Spotlight on Banned Books

Hoping to overwhelm censors, the founder of Middle Eastern online bookstore Jamalon announced last week that the site will launch a section devoted to books that have been banned in any of the 22 countries it serves. This is not only a gesture in support of intellectual freedom, says Ala Alsallal; it’s also good business.…

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This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

June 10, 2014
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This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

Attention Father’s Day shoppers! From now through this Sunday, Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice (which we hope is CBLDF) for every eligible purchase made through the AmazonSmile program. Even after this promotion is over at 11:59 PT on Sunday, you can still divert 0.5% of funds from your…

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