Monthly Archives: August 2009

Nudity in Art is Not Indecent Exposure

The arrest of Zach Hyman’s nude model during a photo shoot at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was predictable in spite of the irony of the location. Whereas marble and oil nudes are usually left at peace (not always though: … Continue reading

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Access to Gossip Girls May Be ‘Only in Your Dreams’ for Teens in Leesburg

In April we reported on a book challenge after two parents  called for the removal of Maureen Johnson’s The Bermudez Triangle and Ceicly von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girls: Only in Your Dreams from the Leesburg Public Library.  In June, we were … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Public Library Locks up “TinTin Au Congo”

The Brooklyn Public Library trusts you to form your own opinions about any  controversial  and provocative content that you would find in Beloved, Hard Candy or Mein Kampf.   However, apparently they feel the need to protect you from racially … Continue reading

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Library Board refuses to censor book from teen section

The Effingham Helen Matthes Library Board in Effingham, Illinois voted unanimously to deny a request to censor Living Dead Girl, a novel by Elizabeth Scott. Local parent, Amy Hibdon formally requested that the book be removed from the library, or … Continue reading

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Images of Muhammad Banned from Book by Yale Press

The NY Times reports today that Yale University Press has not only decided to remove the controversial Danish cartoons of Muhammad from “Cartoons that Shook the World” by Jytte Klausen;  they have decided that all images of Muhammad have to … Continue reading

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Land of Free Expression…? Map of Book Censorship in the USA Suggests Otherwise

Being so busy with campaigns promoting “freedom and democracy” in the Middle East and central Asia, it’s hardly surprising that most of us here in the United States are unaware of an archaic and abominable practice that continues here at … Continue reading

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The AETA 4: If this is terrorism, then what isn’t?

While Congress has been busy protecting animals from cruelty at the expense of the First Amendment (See U.S. v Stevens) elsewhere it has been legislating away the First Amendment rights of animal cruelty protesters to protect corporate profits.  Last month, … Continue reading

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Sotomayor is confirmed: What does it mean for the First Amendment?

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate today as the newest member of the Supreme Court, replacing  Justice David H.  Souter who retired in June.  She becomes the 111th member of the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the … Continue reading

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Website tracks online censorship reports

Having trouble accessing a website?  Suspect it might be more than just a faulty connection or technical malfunction? Visit, a website designed to track reports of censored web sites around the world.  There, you can report  anonymously that a … Continue reading

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Apple censors the dictionary

Once again, a software company reveals its power over our access to information by making a dumb decision.   This time, Apple rejected a dictionary application, Ninjawords, because it included words Apple deemed inappropriate. According to an interview by John … Continue reading

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