Claire Karpen

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Youth Film Contest Deadline Extended to October 23rd

By |2020-01-03T13:34:24-05:00September 16th, 2009|Blog|

The deadline has been extended for our contest Free Speech in Schools: Does it Exist? Students 19 and younger are encouraged to film their response in 4min or less for the chance to win up to $1000 and a scholarship to the  New York Film Academy.    See more details on our website or even apply online now! According to [...]

Brooklyn Public Library Locks up “TinTin Au Congo”

By |2019-03-13T18:20:43-04:00August 19th, 2009|Blog|

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 insensitive material in the cartoon from almost 80 years ago TinTin Au Congo. The NYTimes today reports that [...]

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

By |2019-03-13T18:19:33-04:00August 6th, 2009|Blog|

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 third woman and first Hispanic to serve on it. What does her confirmation mean for the First Amendment?  See our [...]

Website tracks online censorship reports

By |2020-01-03T13:34:17-05:00August 6th, 2009|Blog|

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 site is inaccessible and see if other people are having the same problem.  There is no way to determine whether [...]

Corporate Censorship: GE and NewsCorp shut up Olbermann and O’Reilly

By |2020-01-03T13:34:15-05:00August 4th, 2009|Blog|

The New York Times ran an article this past Saturday, "Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud", about how GE and NewsCorp enforced a kind of "cease-fire" – otherwise known as corporate censorship - on MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Fox's Bill O'Reilly. While I’ve always found the battle between Olberman and O’Reilly to be exhausting (though admittedly entertaining), the [...]

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