Monthly Archives: November 2010

Free Speech Matters 2010 Benefit

The NCAC Free Speech Matters Benefit was a great success. Over 200 people came to the City Winery in downtown Manhattan to celebrate free speech and honor YA writer Lauren Myracle, school librarian Dee Ann Venuto, and YFEP 2009 Film … Continue reading


Art school pulls student pieces from exhibition

A photograph of a male nude by Savannah College of Art & Design student Nicole Craine was among the several artworks taken down before an Open Studio Exhibition at the school in October. Reportedly, the students were given no explanation … Continue reading

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Plano School District Decides Not To Ban Art Textbook

Last week, the Plano Independent School District in Texas decided to pull a humanities textbook that is used by freshmen and sophomores in the district’s gifted and talented program. The book in question, Culture and Values: A Survey of the … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2010 YFEP film contest semifinalists!

This year we received more than 70 film contest submissions from youth all over the country in response to this year’s theme: “I’m All For Free Speech, BUT…” After viewing all the entries, we chose the top ten films — … Continue reading

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Censorship News: The Video Game Issue

NCAC devotes the latest issue of Censorship News to video games and the latest in a series of efforts to “protect” minors by restricting their freedom of speech. We discuss the video game case heard in the Supreme Court on … Continue reading

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Florida high school cancels production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

A Florida high school production of a play based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer prize-winning novel about racial conflict, To Kill a Mockingbird, has been cancelled. At the center of the controversy that prompted the cancellation was the historically necessary … Continue reading

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Violent video games in the Supreme Court

There were quite a few surprising moments at the Supreme Court argument Tuesday about California’s attempt to ban violent video games. There were references to “gratuitous violence” as material that “appeals to a base instinct especially [in] minors.” It made … Continue reading

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The fuss over GQ’s ‘Glee’ photo

The Parents Television Council has done a lot of things bordering on the inane, but this time they’ve outdone themselves by saying that the cover of GQ magazine “borders on pedophilia.” As Frank Bruni pointed out in the New York … Continue reading

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