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Athens Bookshop Fights Censorship of LGBTQIA Book

March 14, 2018
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Athens Bookshop Fights Censorship of LGBTQIA Book

Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, ended a book fair early when a school’s administrator demanded they pull Richard Peck’s The Best Man off the sales floor, despite previously having agreed it could be displayed and sold. The book, which centers around a boy getting to be the best man when his uncle marries his male…

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Join CBLDF at ECCC, Starting Today! Booth #2116

March 1, 2018
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Join CBLDF at ECCC, Starting Today! Booth #2116

Make CBLDF your first stop today at Emerald City Comic Con! We’re at Booth #2116 so come by and say hi! While you’re here, make sure to check out our killer selection of CBLDF merch and signed graphic novels. Every purchase is a donation to CBLDF (so remember that when you are explaining to your…

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Prolific Taiwanese Comics Artist on Government Censorship

January 2, 2018
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Prolific Taiwanese Comics Artist on Government Censorship

Hsu Mao-sung, an 81 year-old Taiwanese comic book artist and publisher, spoke about the censorship of comics from the 1960s to the 1980s in a recent video interview with the BBC. Hsu spoke about some of the restrictions artists faced in those difficult years: Our characters couldn’t jump too high. They couldn’t hit with their…

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Common Sense and Censorship Don’t Always Go Hand-in-Hand

April 26, 2017
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Common Sense and Censorship Don’t Always Go Hand-in-Hand

In a recent post from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Pat Peters examined the relationship between common sense and censorship — or, rather, the lack of a relationship between the two. Peters provided a few examples of challenges that didn’t, well, make much sense: a parent who blamed Carl Deuker’s On the Devil’s Court for her…

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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

November 10, 2016
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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

Vietnamese comic artists today are not only finding creative ways to combat censorship, but are also working to overcome many of the negative stereotypes still associated with the medium—most frequently, the fallacy that comics are for children and cannot be written for an adult readership. Tuoi Tre News spoke with a few creators about the…

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Even Dictionaries Aren’t Safe From Censorship in China

October 14, 2016
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Even Dictionaries Aren’t Safe From Censorship in China

The absurd lengths required to maintain censorship were once again illustrated this week, this time by numerous Chinese consumers who noted that their government routinely “edits” English-language dictionaries before they’re sold, specifically by covering up or otherwise eliding the entry for Taiwan because it contradicts China’s official line on the disputed island. Most recently, a…

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Podcast: Censorship Can Happen to Anyone

October 13, 2016
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In the latest edition of the American Libraries Dewey Decibel Podcast, Phil Morehart led ALA director James LaRue, school librarian Sara Stevenson, and acclaimed author Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) in a discussion of the tough topic of censorship in American schools and libraries. None of those interviewed is a stranger to book challenges. As the director of the American Library…

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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

September 9, 2016
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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

The United States wasn’t the only country that harbored a crusade against comics this past century. Germany, too, has had its own sordid history with the medium, complete with public fears over an alleged increase in juvenile delinquency and subsequent censorship laws designed to curb youth consumption of what the Nazi party called during World…

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Nigerian Women Fight Back Against Oppression with Romance Novels

August 26, 2016
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Nigerian Women Fight Back Against Oppression with Romance Novels

A new, unconventional literary movement is taking hold in Nigeria in the form of romance novels. Called “love literature,” dozens of women are printing and even hand-writing thousands of novellas with the intent of speaking out against and challenging certain social and Muslim traditions while, though education, empowering others to stand up and take ownership of…

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Chief Censor Talks About the Evolution of Censorship in New Zealand

August 25, 2016
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From the initially successful and then rescinded ban of the award-winning coming of age novel Into the River in 2015, an 18+ rating on Alan Moore’s Lost Girls in 2014, or the seizure of the classic 1970s book Bloody Mama in 2011, New Zealand’s Office of Film & Literature Classification has come under global scrutiny in recent years…

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