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Maus Pulled from Russia Bookstores for Depicting Nazi Propaganda

May 1, 2015
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Although no formal complaints were issued, several major bookstore chains in Russia have begun pulling the Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel Maus off of their store shelves and internet sites. The reason: The cover depicts a Nazi swastika. According to a recent law passed last December, all Nazi propaganda is forbidden from being displayed in…

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Tanzania Bans Newspaper Over “Disrespectful” Cartoon

February 24, 2015
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The Tanzanian government has banned the Nairobi newspaper, The EastAfrican, from newsstands. Although the publicized reason for the ban is that the newspaper was being distributed within Tanzania without proper legal registration as required by a 1976 law, several individuals and advocacy groups note that the call to stop distribution came after a particularly “disrespectful”…

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In Memoriam: Free Speech Lawyer Herald Price Fahringer

February 23, 2015
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In Memoriam: Free Speech Lawyer Herald Price Fahringer

Free speech lost a prime defender recently with the death of Herald Price Fahringer, the lawyer who over a more than 50-year career represented clients such as Larry Flynt and Screw magazine’s Al Goldstein. While abstaining from most vice himself, Fahringer was firmly committed to the principle that “freedom is only meaningful if it includes…

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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Faces Charges for “Socioeconomic Discrimination”

February 23, 2015
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Political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, known as Bonil, has been charged with “socioeconomic discrimination” in his home country of Ecuador for a cartoon targeting Agustín “Tin” Delgado, a former professional soccer player who now sits on Ecuador’s legislative assembly. Bonilla is best known for his outspoken and blunt political cartoons, which address several social and political…

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CBLDF Joins Cato Institute Brief Urging US Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Right to Offend

February 19, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Cato Institute Brief Urging US Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Right to Offend

This week, CBLDF advocated for the First Amendment right to offensive speech by joining an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court by the Cato Institute and that includes amici P.J. O’Rourke, Nat Hentoff, and Nadine Strossen. The brief filed in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans addresses whether Texas can deny the…

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Censorship 2014: Fun Home and LGBTQ Literature Targeted by Censors

January 1, 2015
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In 2014, we saw one of the most blatant attacks ever perpetrated on free expression and academic freedom when the South Carolina legislature passed a questionable budget “compromise” that effectively functioned as punitive budget cuts for two universities that utilized LGBTQ-themed books in voluntary reading programs. The budget cuts were aimed at two schools: College…

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Censorship 2014: Why Are Video Games Still a Scapegoat?

December 30, 2014
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Earlier this year, U.S. Legislators took another crack at the curbing the production of violent video games by enacting the Tax Reform Act of 2014, which would offer permanent tax credits to video game creators that do not make violent video games. What some might call a progressive attempt to encourage and incentivize the video…

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“Allegedly Harmful” Memoir Goes to the UK Supreme Court

December 24, 2014
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In early October, the UK Court of Appeals issued an injunction that stopped publication of an unnamed memoir on the grounds that its content was “allegedly harmful” to the author’s 11-year old child. On December 9, the performing artist and father was granted permission to take his case to the UK Supreme Court to appeal…

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IRONY ALERT: Censor Claims “NCAC is Attempting to Censor People of Faith”

December 5, 2014
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Al Snyder, a gay parent who was the plaintiff in the famous Snyder v. Phelps case of 2011, leads the protest against Fink's demands. (Source: delmarvanow.com)

Indian River school board member, pastor, and would-be censor Shaun Fink and responded to the National Collation Against Censorship’s recently issued a letter about his demand for a censored health curriculum that would exclude discussions of homosexuality, HIV, STIs, and contraception in the most ironic way possible: He claims NCAC is trying to censor him. The…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Health Curriculum

December 1, 2014
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Al Snyder, a gay parent who was the plaintiff in the famous Snyder v. Phelps case of 2011, leads the protest against Fink's demands. (Source: delmarvanow.com)

A community in Delaware is reconsidering a recently adopted health curriculum over the complaints of school board member and local pastor Shaun Fink. Today, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the ACLU of Delaware, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, ABFFE, ALA-OIF, PEN America, and SCBWI to demand that the school not…

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