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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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Researcher Proves Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

February 13, 2013
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Researcher Proves Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

If you’ve been reading the CBLDF blog for a while, you are undoubtedly familiar with Fredric Wertham, the child psychologist whose 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent claimed that comics transformed innocent children into depraved juvenile delinquents, making Wertham almost single-handedly responsible for decades of comics censorship. Although it is already fairly obvious to most…

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Defends Video Games

February 11, 2013
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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Defends Video Games

As you may have noticed, we’ve been closely following the debate in Congress and the media over violent video games. Too often, elected officials such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-KY) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) have made fallacious claims linking video games to violent behavior, despite copious evidence to the contrary. So, we are gratified…

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