Every year, the American Library Association declares the final week of September "Banned Books Week," commemorated in many libraries with displays designed to highlight often-overreaching censorship of school and public libraries.
This week is #BannedBooksWeek and if you're wondering why we need an entire week to celebrate banned books you're probably one of those millennials who doesn't read anything longer than 140 characters.
By Beth Younger, Drake University Banned Books Week, held this year from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, is an annual event designed to draw national attention t...
I wish I could speak with ironclad certainty about the right of fiction writers to portray anyone, from any culture, in any way we wish. In her opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Lionel Shriver, a celebrated U.S. author, adamantly took that stance. Her argument appeared sound: the genre is fiction, therefore it's made up, imaginary, and nobody should take offense.
In other words, just as with our diets, we have to start to think about what information we consume and not mindlessly absorb it into our bodies and our brains.
Censorship has been around for centuries. Its form has always varied depending on the era, but the idea was always the same -- to suppress any radically opposing views from those of the country's leaders.
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Where does Turkey go from here? Who knows? What's certain, however, is that the Turkish government has no desire to take steps that bolster democratic principles. This means the United States needs to evaluate this relationship and decide how to proceed, because Turkey no longer conforms to what's expected of a U.S. ally.
Brace yourselves, America. Norway's Haley Shea, Lasse Lokøy, Halvard Skeie Wiencke and Tor-Arne Vikingstad are coming. The foursome go by the nam...
So, my question was and still is: what was so offensive about this nonsexual image and what makes a queer nipple (or, rather, documentation of thereof) so dangerous for the Censorship Monster?
Freedom of speech is the keystone of civil liberties. Freedoms of press and assembly are meant to protect it. Freedom from unwarranted searches and s...
The attack on Netflix is the brainchild of Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. If you're not familiar with his work, just imagine the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Modern Language Association as run by Glenn Beck.
Although I believe censorship is a potential danger to the First Amendment's protection of free speech, I find myself wistful for the bad old days of the Motion Picture Production Code of the 1930s and 1940s.
President Obama has said he'll sign the measure -- a fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of the nation's premier transparency law this July 4th.
This time, in the continuing shadow of 9/11 and the never-ending war on terror abroad and at home, the dangers come not only from the expanded operations of government agencies like the NSA and FBI, but from the ambitions of both presumptive presidential nominees.
Banning the Washington Post from covering his campaign rallies isn't just a sign of Donald Trump's distrust of the press. Reporters are an early warning system. History shows that politicians who turn against the media and cut off their access don't stop there.