Monthly Archives: March 2009

Comic Book and ‘Nintendo Power’ Under Fire

In recent weeks, a Spider-Man comic book and Nintendo Power magazine have been challenged in school libraries in Cleveland, Ohio, and in Millard, Nebraska, respectively. Parents have asked whether a scantily-clad cartoon woman (in one case) or violence in a … Continue reading

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Update: Judge Agrees with Teens in Pennsylvania Sexting Case

A victory for free expression! Last week, three Pennsylvania high school students and their families brought suit against a Wyoming County prosecutor over allegations of First Amendment violations. Yesterday, a U.S. District judge sided with the teens, and issued a … Continue reading

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School Cancels Bill Ayers Speech

The Naperville, IL, School District has cancelled a visit by Bill Ayers at Naperville North High School after the visit scheduled for April 8th sparked heated controversy in the community. Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois at … Continue reading

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The Right to “Sext”: Sending Nude Photos of Oneself is a Right

Another legal action over the practice of sexting has emerged. Only this time it is the alleged “sexters” who are suing state prosecutors on the grounds that criminalizing sexting infringes on their First Amendment rights. Last month, three high school … Continue reading

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Utah Governor vetos age-restriction bill

We are very happy to report that Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has vetoed bill HB 353. That bill would have punished sellers for “violating” what were previously voluntary age restrictions. In his letter to the Utah Speaker of the House … Continue reading

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BGSU art censorship update

In an email to faculty today BGSU Interim Provost Mark Gromko stated that “the piece was initially removed so that [...] legal review could occur.” Apparently BGSU administrators were wondering whether “the sculpture constituted child pornography or breached restrictions on … Continue reading

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Jack Thompson calls on national policy to limit video game sales

Jack Thompson, who penned HB 353 (the bill pending in Utah that we asked you to help stop) has written a letter to President Obama calling for a national plan similar to the one proposed in Utah. In response to … Continue reading

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NCAC’s statement on the removal of sculpture from public university exhibit

Statement from the National Coalition Against Censorship Regarding the Recent Removal of an Artwork from an Exhibition at BGSU Firelands’ Little Gallery The recent removal of artwork by James Parlin from an exhibition of sculpture in the Little Gallery at … Continue reading

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HB 353: Imposing ratings systems and the First Amendment

HB 353 has been passed in the Utah state senate, and now sits on Governor Jon Huntsman’s desk.  This bill would hold retailers responsible for selling minors material labeled for mature audiences.  Sellers of books, movies, video games, and music … Continue reading

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“Breaking Dawn” from Twilight series not on the shelves of Utah school library

Reported yesterday in the Salt Lake Tribune, Breaking Dawn, the final book in the Twilight Series has arrived at Brockbank Junior High. So why can’t students check it out? Following a parent’s complaint, has not been put on the library … Continue reading

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