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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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Ithaca Student Newspaper Lawsuit Dismissed After Decade Long Battle

November 21, 2014
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Recently, an almost decade long legal battle over censorship of a school newspaper came to disappointing end. Eight years ago, the editorial staff of Ithaca High School’s student newspaper, The Tattler, brought a censorship suit against the school district. The grounds for bringing the suit were that the publication guidelines imposed by the school district…

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California Court Dismisses Noriega’s Lawsuit Against Activision

November 7, 2014
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California Court Dismisses Noriega’s Lawsuit Against Activision

The First Amendment saw another victory when a California court dismissed former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against Activision. Noriega claimed that Activision’s game Call of Duty: Black Ops II used his name and likeness without his permission, and it subsequently damaged his reputation. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey ruled that the game’s use…

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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

October 29, 2014
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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

Last week, we reported on a disturbing case in the UK, where Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old UK citizen was convicted of possession of child pornography as a result of owning manga-style images and anime. On its face, a successful child pornography prosecution should be praised, but in this case, the man who was arrested and given…

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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

October 22, 2014
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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

A UK man last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing illegal manga and anime, a first since manga was added to the country’s child pornography laws in 2010. Robul Hoque of South Bank, Middlesbrough was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the sentence was suspended as long as he does not break…

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Google’s Crime Tip Raises Privacy Concerns

August 22, 2014
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Google’s Crime Tip Raises Privacy Concerns

“Hey did you read that email I sent you?” “Nope, but I bet Google did.” For those who think Google can do anything, it turns out you may be on to something. A tip from Google led to the arrest of a man from Texas named John Henry Skillern. He was arrested by local police for possession…

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