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CBLDF Joins Statement Calling President’s Attacks on the Media a Threat to Democracy

March 2, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Statement Calling President’s Attacks on the Media a Threat to Democracy

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), along with more than 80 other organizations committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, in condemning efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media and undermine its ability to inform the public…

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Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

November 11, 2016
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Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

A bookstore in Saugerties, New York, was threatened with misdemeanor zoning violation charges over an anti-Trump window display.   Inquiring Minds Bookstore owner Brian Donoghue assembled the display to voice his concerns over statements made by Trump during his campaign. “I really felt I was in prewar Nazi Germany. I saw neo-Nazis there. I saw absolute hate, and…

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CBLDF Joins First Amendment Lawsuit that Challenges Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law

November 4, 2015
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CBLDF Joins First Amendment Lawsuit that Challenges Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law

Booksellers and publishers filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a new Louisiana law that requires websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor. The lawsuit was brought by Media Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two independent bookstores, Garden…

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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

August 31, 2015
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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

“I was really lucky in that my parents definitely didn’t seem to have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read.” With that, Neil Gaiman — CBLDF Advisory Board co-president and longtime supporter of our fight for the right to read — kicked off an excellent interview with The Guardian‘s Frances Myatt about reading,…

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Slinging Satire: Exhibit Explores the Love/Hate Relationship with Political Cartoons

August 10, 2015
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An exhibit at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s ToonSeum, entitled Slinging Satire: Political Cartoons and the First Amendment, poses the question: What does it mean to be a political cartoonist in today’s turbulent global scene and what represents “fair” satire? Broken into two parts, the first part of the exhibit showcases several political cartoons from award-winning cartoonists that…

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Survey Shows 33% of Americans Unable to Name Any First Amendment Right

July 7, 2015
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Survey Shows 33% of Americans Unable to Name Any First Amendment Right

One third of Americans cannot name any of the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment, according to results from the Newseum Institute’s annual State of the First Amendment survey. While it’s encouraging that speech is the freedom most commonly identified by respondents, fully informed citizens should understand how that right interacts with the other…

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Painting Pulled from Library for Depicting Mother Teresa

March 3, 2015
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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…

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

December 22, 2014
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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,…

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Neil Gaiman on Censorship and the Perception of Comics as a “Gutter Medium”

December 19, 2014
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In the upcoming Winter 2014 issue of Index on Censorship magazine, political cartoonist Martin Rowson interviewed long-time free speech advocate and CBLDF Advisory Board Co-Chair Neil Gaiman on issues of censorship, comics as a gutter medium, and how graphic novels and literature are still thriving by shocking the mainstream today. With entertaining stories of their…

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Arizona School District Aborts Plan to Redact Biology Textbook

December 18, 2014
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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…

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