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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

April 14, 2014
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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year for “political viewpoint, racism, violence.” Bone author and CBLDF Board…

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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

March 27, 2014
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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

Until recently, most of us here at CBLDF could only claim to know State Senator Leland Yee of California as the man behind the law struck down by the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. EMA. As of this week, however, the world knows Yee as one of the people arrested in a series of…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

March 18, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

Last week, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a budget that punitively cut the budgets of two colleges that had incorporated LGBT-themed books into elective reading programs. CBLDF has joined a coalition of free speech advocates to urge the South Carolina Senate to reject the budget cuts. The budget cuts specifically affect two schools:…

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New Tax Plan Takes Aim at Violent Video Games

March 12, 2014
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New Tax Plan Takes Aim at Violent Video Games

Censorship usually takes the form of the direct suppression of speech, but it seems that U.S. legislators are attempting new means of indirect censorship by using tax reform. Unsurprisingly, violent video games are the scapegoat that the Tax Reform Act of 2014 is attempting to target. While it has been previously held to be unconstitutional…

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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill that Would Enable Prosecution of Educators for “Offensive” Material

March 7, 2014
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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill that Would Enable Prosecution of Educators for “Offensive” Material

Lawmakers in the Kansas Senate are considering a draconian new bill that would make it easier to prosecute educators and other school officials for using “offensive” materials in classrooms and libraries. Senate Bill 401 was proposed in response to controversy that erupted in January after a teacher put a sex education poster on a classroom…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Bring First Amendment Challenges

March 4, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Bring First Amendment Challenges

This week, a coalition of free speech advocates, media organizations, booksellers, librarians, and publishers — including CBLDF and Dark Horse Comics — submitted an amicus brief (friend-of-the-court brief) in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. The brief urges the United States Supreme Court to uphold the right of people and organizations to preemptively challenge a…

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Bechdel, SC Residents Respond to Punitive Proposed Funding Cuts

February 28, 2014
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Bechdel, SC Residents Respond to Punitive Proposed Funding Cuts

Last week, a South Carolina House of Representatives committee approved a punitive funding cut for the College of Charleston because the school selected Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home for an optional summer reading program. Now, both the author and regular South Carolinians are speaking out to urge legislators not to go down the path of censorship…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Again)

February 12, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Again)

It’s a miracle if a week goes by without a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Unfortunately, the novel has been challenged once again, this time in Sweet Home, Oregon. CBLDF has joined the CBLDF-sponsored Kid’s Right to Read Project in defending the novel, whose fate will be decided…

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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

February 11, 2014
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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

The Comics Code Authority highlights one of the darkest periods of comic book history. As a direct result of criticism from the Senate, the Code was implemented by the comics industry, leading to years of self-censorship in an attempt to eliminate violence, obscenity and other material that was deemed unsuitable “for children.” While we can…

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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

January 21, 2014
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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

Some troubling media regulations that were passed in Ecuador last year are apparently being employed against political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who may face trial over a panel that ran in the newspaper El Universo and offended President Rafael Correa. Bonilla told Agence France-Presse that he does not yet know the exact charge, but early this…

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