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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

April 4, 2016
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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

In a victory for the freedom to read, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill arose from one parent’s attempt to ban Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved from her son’s AP English class after…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

March 21, 2016
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

Good news! Two bills in the Florida legislature that would have facilitated challenges to instructional materials were allowed to die at the end of the legislative session earlier this month. The bills had been pushed by some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

March 9, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

CBLDF today joined a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, urging him to veto House Bill 516 which would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill has passed through both houses of the General Assembly, and the governor now has until April…

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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

January 5, 2016
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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

Some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County, Florida, school libraries are behind two new bills in the state legislature that would make it easier to challenge instructional materials that allegedly fail to provide a balanced viewpoint on hot-button issues such as evolution, climate…

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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

April 6, 2015
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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

Three similar bills recently introduced in the Minnesota legislature would require school districts to notify parents or guardians every time a fellow parent, guardian, or an adult student deems instructional material such as books or movies to be “sexually explicit or obscene and therefore harmful to minors.” Although the bills do not require discontinuing use…

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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

July 8, 2014
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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

Almost a year ago, Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand declined to add Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls to their collection, fearing prosecution under the country’s child pornography laws. The book was subsequently submitted for review by the New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification, which this week finally rendered a verdict:…

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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

July 7, 2014
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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

A new manga series was cancelled last week just days before it was to debut online, apparently because the publisher was concerned it might clash with Tokyo’s Youth Healthy Development Ordinance. Creator Arisa Yamamoto said on her blog that editors of Comic Zenon, the website that was to run the manga, contacted her two days…

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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

June 20, 2014
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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

In a few days we will mark the 11th anniversary since the Supreme Court decided in United States v. American Library Association that filtering of Internet access on school and library computers does not infringe on free speech rights. The case resulted from ALA’s challenge to the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000, which requires…

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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

June 13, 2014
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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

Although production and distribution of underage pornography have been illegal in Japan for (only) 15 years, possession of it currently is not. That will change later this month, when a law passed last week by the country’s House of Representatives goes into effect. Virtually everyone can agree that this is a good thing; it’s long…

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