In September, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of CA, released a report citing an "unparalleled assault on the principle of open government," asserting that the Bush Administration evades the federal laws that govern classified information and freedom of information.
Details of the Vice President’s Energy Task Force Come to Light, from Project Censored
"Documents turned over in the summer of 2003 by the Commerce Department as a result of the Sierra Club’s and Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, concerning the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as two charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.” The documents, dated March 2001, also feature maps of Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates oilfields, pipelines, refineries and tanker terminals. There are supporting charts with details of the major oil and gas development projects in each country that provide information on the project’s costs, capacity, oil company and status or completion date… The Bush Administration’s struggle to keep secret the workings of Cheney’s Energy Task Force has been ongoing since early in the President’s tenure."
In 1990 the participants Wolf Trap Conference on Academic Freedom and Artistic Expression adopted a statement of four principles in support of artistic freedom on campus. It has been endorsed or adapted by many individual colleges and remains highly relevant to modern debates over offense and provocation.
No matter how coarse or tactless their speech may be, college students enjoy First Amendment protections for their online and off-campus speech. On November 24, NCAC co-signed an amicus brief arguing just that, defending a nursing student who was expelled from school due to some charged, ultimately innocuous comments he made on Facebook.
Censorship of the theatre has existed since its emergence as an art form. From Oedipus Rex to Cabaret, some of the most artistically rich theatre has been disturbing, subversive, transformative, and often a target of censorship.
Today, in the United States, censorship controversies around performance most frequently occur in schools. Challenges to drama productions come from parents, community members, or school officials.
In these situations, students can effectively resist censorship. As school employees, teachers may be reluctant to oppose the decision of their principal or superintendent no matter how strongly they believe a particular play should be produced. Students, on the other hand, are free to defend their right to free access to educational materials and their right to artistic expression.
This toolkit is designed to provide students
NCAC's semiannual newsletter contains information and discussion about freedom of expression issues, including current censorship controversies, threats to the free flow of information, and the First Amendment in the courts.