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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

March 30, 2018
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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

Saturday, March 31 is the world premiere of Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, a documentary about the first artist in the United States to be convicted of obscenity. Diana was first charged with obscenity after an undercover Florida detective posed as an artist to obtain copies of Boiled Angel. In a week-long case…

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The Fallout from Florida’s School Censorship Law

February 27, 2018
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The Fallout from Florida’s School Censorship Law

Last year, Florida signed into law HB 989, legislation that allows any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” The fallout from that law is starting to become evident. One of the concerns over the law is the…

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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

January 26, 2018
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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

The principal at Fort King Middle School in Ocala, Florida may have pulled YA novel The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole from the library without following the official district book challenge policy. The initial report from Spectrum News 13, cites a 14 year old girl bringing the book home and alerting her parents…

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Florida School District Won’t Ban Fahrenheit 451

December 5, 2017
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Florida School District Won’t Ban Fahrenheit 451

The school district in Santa Rosa County, Florida is standing by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, despite a complaint from an irony-challenged parent who demanded that the cautionary tale about censorship be removed from the 8th grade curriculum. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said that a review committee assessed the book and decided it was an appropriate option,…

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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

October 20, 2017
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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

In the wake of a draconian censorship directive from the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, numerous students, teachers, parents, and community members are speaking up in defense of the freedom to read. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any library materials, textbooks, or supplemental texts that contain “profanity, cursing, or…

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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

October 6, 2017
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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

In response to a draconian censorship directive recently issued by the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, CBLDF this week joined with other member organizations of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending vast swathes of library and classroom materials in the district. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any…

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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

June 27, 2017
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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

Florida governor Rick Scott yesterday approved legislation that will facilitate challenges to classroom materials, allowing any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” Intellectual freedom advocates are bracing for challenges on multiple topics of public contention, from…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

May 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

After a Florida elementary school pre-emptively banned students from bringing personal copies of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why onto campus, CBLDF yesterday joined with other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in urging principal Bryan Dolfi to reconsider. After the book was singled out in an email to parents of Stone Lakes Elementary…

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Florida Legislature Passes Classroom Censorship Bills

May 5, 2017
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Florida Legislature Passes Classroom Censorship Bills

The Florida Senate today approved the House version of a bill that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials, sending the legislation on to Governor Rick Scott. The Senate also had its own version of the bill, but not enough time remains in the legislative session to reconcile the two so the final version remains unchanged from the…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

April 11, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

The two nearly identical bills in the Florida legislature that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials have both advanced through the Education Committees in their respective chambers, despite warnings from CBLDF and our partners in the National Coalition Against Censorship that the legislation would undermine educational quality and encourage schools to deviate from state standards.…

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