183 search results for "prison book ban"

Donate Comics, Manga, and Drawing Books to People Who Really Want Them

December 17, 2018
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Donate Comics, Manga, and Drawing Books to People Who Really Want Them

One of the front lines in the fight for First Amendment rights was in prisons around the country in 2018. CBLDF tried to cover these news stories, as lists of censored works emerged, or lawsuits were filed, or legislation overturned. No matter what individuals feel about the mass incarceration problem in this country, it is…

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Comics, Manga, and More Censored in Louisiana Prisons

November 30, 2018
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Comics, Manga, and More Censored in Louisiana Prisons

Comics, manga, and art books figure heavily in the list of 950 books and periodicals banned by the Louisiana Department of Corrections (LDOC). The list itself was uncovered by The Times-Picayune following a public records request. Many inmate advocate groups in the area, including the Louisiana ACLU and Books 2 Prisoners, a New Orleans based…

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Maryland Restricts Inmates Access to Books

May 30, 2018
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Maryland Restricts Inmates Access to Books

Maryland prisons are infringing on inmates right to read under the guise of reducing drug smuggling. In a statewide policy, Maryland prisoners may no longer receive books sent by friends, relatives, online retailers, and nonprofits, limiting the access of 20,000 inmates to two approved vendors, with limited selections often at a higher price. The new…

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Website Protesting Book Ban Taken Down by Court Order

April 2, 2018
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Website Protesting Book Ban Taken Down by Court Order

Spain’s recent campaign against freedom of speech continues, as they shut down a website protesting the first book banned by the government in over thirty years. The Madrid Booksellers Guild set up the site so the text of Don Quixote visually recreated the text of Farina, to show the arbitrary futility of book banning in…

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Fahmi Reza Fined, Sentenced to Prison

February 23, 2018
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Fahmi Reza Fined, Sentenced to Prison

Malaysian graphic designer, artist, and activist Fahmi Reza has been sentenced to a month in jail and a RM30,000 (around $7,700) fine for uploading a sketch depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a clown. Reza was found guilty of spreading online content deemed “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy,…

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Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

February 14, 2018
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Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

Cartoonist Zunar has been granted leave for a judicial review of his challenge to the ban to his book Sapuman: Man of Steal. Zunar filed the legal action in early January. The next court date for the challenge is February 27. Despite concerns from the international community, as voiced by United Nations envoy Karima Bennoune,…

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Cuomo Ditches Flawed Prison Directive

January 16, 2018
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Cuomo Ditches Flawed Prison Directive

On January 12th, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted he would rescind directive 4911A, which greatly restricted inmates access to books as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. The directive was a pilot program designed to roll out to all state prisons by September 2018, which forced inmates families to use six pre-approved…

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Ahmed Naji to Face Trial Again for Book Excerpt

January 10, 2018
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Ahmed Naji to Face Trial Again for Book Excerpt

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji will be tried a third time for “harming public morality” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in Akhbar al-Adab newspaper in 2014. Naji was previously convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last year; he served 10 months of the sentence before his conviction…

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Zunar Challenges Malaysia’s Latest Ban on Cartoon Book

January 5, 2018
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Zunar Challenges Malaysia’s Latest Ban on Cartoon Book

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was back in court this week, filing a legal challenge to the government’s ban on his latest book Sapuman: The Man of Steal. The ban was imposed last year after the cartoons critical of Prime Minister Najib Razak were “deemed prejudicial to public order,” but Zunar was not immediately informed of it.…

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Zunar Interrogated Over Cartoon as Judge Dismisses Travel Ban Challenge

November 29, 2017
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Zunar Interrogated Over Cartoon as Judge Dismisses Travel Ban Challenge

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, already fighting nine counts of sedition and a personal travel ban that prevents him from leaving the country, was called in for questioning by police today over a cartoon that he posted online in August. Meanwhile, a mid-level court also denied his request to have the constitutionality of his travel ban decided…

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