Posts Tagged ‘ censor ’

China Bans Anime and Manga from the Internet

June 11, 2015
By
Manga-is-not-a-crime-300x300

In order to protect the welfare of their children and curb a potential rise in juvenile delinquency, the Chinese Ministry of Culture has issued a list of 38 Japanese manga and anime that will no longer be allowed into the country. From Attack on Titan to Death Note, the Chinese ministry issued warnings to popular…

Read more »

Censorship by Financial Sabotage: Cartoonist Sonny Liew Loses Singapore Arts Grant

June 1, 2015
By
charliecover

Due to unease over the book’s controversial content, the National Arts Council in Singapore has withdrawn its grant to aid in the publication on Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. The book, which was released in Malaysia this past month and is slated for release in the United States and other countries…

Read more »

Painting Pulled from Library for Depicting Mother Teresa

March 3, 2015
By
trumbull-mother-teresa-wide-720

In Trumbull, Connecticut, a painting depicting Mother Teresa alongside Margaret Sanger, whose advocacy for birth control led to the formation of Planned Parenthood, has been taken down due to supposed copyright infringement. The call to remove the painting from Trumbull Library came after Library Director Susan Horton received complaints from Brian Gannon, a priest at…

Read more »

Security Concern Leads to Self-Censorship at the Victoria and Albert Museum

January 28, 2015
By
valogo-290x233

In the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, it is understandable that cartoonists, journalists, and even the general public would fear possible violent repercussion for expressing themselves, especially when it comes to talking about aspects of the Muslim religion in countries where the Muslim religion is a fundamental part of the community. Caution is understandable for people…

Read more »

Censorship Gone Awry in Cabbagetown Coffee Shop

January 27, 2015
By
Censorship Gone Awry in Cabbagetown Coffee Shop

At first glance, it appeared that a downtown Toronto coffee shop, Jet Fuel Coffee, was propagating anti-Semitic sentiment by hanging a series of art pieces entitled “The Jew Funnies” on their walls. Taking offense to the art, a man entered the store and began removing two of the pieces, forcibly attempting to drive off with…

Read more »

Humor as a Weapon Against Fear in Turkey

January 22, 2015
By
Leman Charlie Hebdo

“Humor is our weapon against fear.” These are the words that Zafer Aknar, managing editor of Leman, one of Turkey’s largest satire magazines, recently spoke regarding increased hostility towards Turkish journalists and cartoonists for the strong level of support they expressed in response to the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Although such sentiment continues to…

Read more »

Jordan Continues to Enforce Anachronistic Censorship Laws

January 2, 2015
By
Books are displayed on a pavement in downtown Amman

Jordan is no stranger to the governmental enforcement of book censorship or the public censure and criticism expressed by various communities and organizations regarding this issue — an issue which has become increasingly prevalent and apparent in light of citizens’ easier access to information on the internet, more widely available print on demand books, and,…

Read more »

Censorship 2014: Why Are Video Games Still a Scapegoat?

December 30, 2014
By
Leland Yee

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…

Read more »

Hanover, VA, High School Student Speaks Out About Academic Freedom

December 22, 2014
By
searching

In light of recent concerns regarding the “un-American” message and overall inclusion of the film Searching for the Roots of 9/11 in Hanover County, VA, academic curriculum, school officials have begun discussing the introduction of a policy that would remove the film and other “controversial” materials from the standard curriculum. Along with the film, five books,…

Read more »

Arizona School District Aborts Plan to Redact Biology Textbook

December 18, 2014
By
Campell Biology Textbook

A moment of triumph this week for advocates of free speech and access to information has come in the form of the Gilbert Arizona school board opting to halt all actions to edit an honors biology textbook! In light of complaints from community members regarding two pages of the popular textbook, Campbell Biology: Concepts and…

Read more »