Monthly Archives: January 2009

Supreme Court won’t revive Child Online Protection Act

Today, the Supreme Court declared that it won’t revive COPA, the Child Online Protection Act.  Passed in 1998, the bill would “would have barred Web sites from making harmful content available to minors over the Internet.” The March 2007 federal … Continue reading

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Books on the brain

It’s a hot time for book challenges, bans and questions. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: pulled from the high school library, back in the library today. Satanic Verses: Salman Rushdie reflects on attempted censorship by his 20-year … Continue reading

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Inauguration Special: Challenges to the new administration from free speech organizations

The Free Expression Network* has collected commentary and analysis from FEN members on the shifting political landscape and the opportunities and challenges free expression now faces. A diverse group of organizations dealing with free expression weigh in: including the Electronic … Continue reading

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Do Democrats really want to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine?

There’s been much buzz in the conservative blogosphere, talk radio and newspapers about a predicted return of the Fairness Doctrine. A group of Republican Senators have pulled together a bill that “would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating … Continue reading

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Critical thinking, teaching the controversy, and unproven belief roundup

Louisiana: On January 13, 2009, Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education passed a policy that gives teachers more leeway to use materials outside of the science textbooks. Supporters say this would foster critical thinking in students, critics says that … Continue reading

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Great music censorship post

Stacy Conradt at mentalfloss.com has put together a list of 10 music censorship stories complete with Youtube videos. The post lists how Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, The Doors, the Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Cher, Neil Young, and … Continue reading

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EU Presidency “Entropa” Controversy or the Art of Offense

An art installation, sponsored by the new Czeck EU Presidency, and displayed in the European Council building in Brussels has become a litmus test for EU sensitivities. The conceptual artist David Černý was commisssioned to invite 27 artists from EU member … Continue reading

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Covering War

Now Twittering: AJGaza The New York Times recently  printed an article by Noel Cohen about the limited access Americans have to Al Jazeera’s coverage of Israel’s invasion of Gaza.  This, as Cohen notes, is in part because the station is … Continue reading

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‘The Book of Bunny Suicides’ survived

We are glad to hear that “The Book of Bunny Suicides,” by the British author Andy Riley is back on the shelves of Central Linn High School Library, in Halsey, Oregon. The book was challenged this fall by the parent … Continue reading

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Science in Transition

Over the past eight years, government censorship of science has ranged from silencing researchers to creating policies that interfered with the free exchange of scientific ideas.  Government censorship of science includes distortion and suppression of data, and threatens the public’s … Continue reading

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