Katie Fowley

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Illustrations that “Crossed the line” in The New York Times

By |2019-03-13T15:13:10-04:00March 11th, 2009|Blog|

Image of Henry Kissinger’s backside by David Levine that was pulled from the NYT Op-Ed Page AlterNet reports on a new book by Jerelle Kraus, the former art director of The New York Times Od-Ed and editorial pages, that details the censorship of editorial illustrations in The New York Times. The book All The Art That’s Fit to [...]

Pleasant Grove v. Summum: Free Speech or Establishment Clause?

By |2019-03-15T16:22:15-04:00March 10th, 2009|Blog|

According to The Associated Press: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously . . . that a small religious group cannot force a city in Utah to place a granite marker in a local park that already is home to a Ten Commandments display. The case, reported in NCAC’s last issue of Censorship News, involves a Salt Lake City based religious sect [...]

California law banning sale of video games to minors ruled unconstitutional

By |2019-03-13T15:14:29-04:00February 25th, 2009|Blog|

Jurist reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held that a California ban on the sale of video games to minors is unconstitutional. According to Jurist: The bill, originally signed into law by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2005, prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to minors under the age of [...]

College sophomore introduces bill to protect student speech

By |2019-03-13T15:15:37-04:00February 12th, 2009|Blog|

According to the Student Press Law Center, Josh Moore, a college sophomore in Kentucky, has collaborated with a state representative to introduce a bill into the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives that seeks to combat restrictions on student press. Moore believes that it is better for students to be given full responsibility as journalists and to suffer the consequences, than for [...]

The Week in Book Censorship

By |2019-03-13T15:16:33-04:00February 6th, 2009|Blog|

It has been a busy week for book censorship. On Tuesday, MSNBC reported that The Bookseller of Kabul, a nonfiction account of life inside an Afghan household, was removed from a high school in Wyandotte, Michigan. The book had been assigned for an 11th grade honors English class at Roosevelt High School. MSNBC quotes a former teacher at the school: [...]

NCAC’s Executive Director on the free speech controversy in the Netherlands

By |2016-01-14T15:59:50-04:00February 6th, 2009|Blog|

NCAC's director Joan Bertin responds to Ian Buruma's op-ed on the Dutch legislator Geert Wilders in a recent letter to the editor in The New York Times. According to Bertin: Ian Buruma is right to note how ironic it is that the Dutch legislator Geert Wilders is becoming a free speech martyr while seeking to ban the Koran. But Mr. Buruma [...]

Charges Refiled Against Student Photographer

By |2019-03-13T15:17:15-04:00January 30th, 2009|Blog|

The Daily Collegian reports that charges of failure to disperse and disorderly conduct have been refiled against Michael Felletter, the student photographer who was accused of "taking photographs that would excite the crowd and encourage destructive behavior" after taking photographs on assignment at a riot following an Ohio State football game. The charges were dropped last week only to be [...]

In an important step towards open goverment, Obama revives FOIA

By |2019-03-13T15:17:34-04:00January 27th, 2009|Blog|

On his first day in office, Barack Obama issued a memo reviving The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The memo states: “The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.” This is a clear change from the policy of the Bush administration. As Slate puts it: Under Bush-Ashcroft, the presumption [...]

Daily Collegian photographer likely to face charges for taking photographs at riot

By |2019-03-13T15:17:40-04:00January 26th, 2009|Blog|

According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, charges against the student photographer Michael Felletter are likely to be refiled. Michael Felletter, a photographer for Penn State’s newspaper The Daily Collegian, was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse after taking photographs during a post-Ohio State football game riot and disobeying orders from policemen to leave the [...]

John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, salutes North Dakotans for defending his book

By |2019-03-13T15:17:46-04:00January 23rd, 2009|Blog|

According to The Bismarck Tribune, author John Berendt has a new respect for North Dakota, after his book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was first pulled, then reinstated in the Beulah High School library. While he was initially shocked at the book's removal after parent's complained about "pornographic" content, he followed the news and comments and was [...]

More yelping about Yelp lawsuits

By |2019-03-15T16:11:21-04:00January 13th, 2009|Blog|

On January 8th, we reported that a San Franciscan chiropractor was suing a former patient, Christopher Norberg, over a negative review on Yelp. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, this case has since been settled (the details of the settlement remain confidential), and the offending post has been taken down to be replaced with: “A misunderstanding between both parties led [...]

School Newspaper Circumvents Censorship by Going Online

By |2019-03-15T15:17:34-04:00January 12th, 2009|Blog|

The Star Tribune reports that students of Faribault High School, Minnesota, have moved their newspaper online after it was shut down by the school's superintendent. The superintendent shut down the paper after student editors refused to show him an article about an investigation into a middle school teacher before going to press. Now students will publish their newspaper Echo exclusively [...]

In Memoriam: Richard Seaver

By |2016-01-14T16:36:59-04:00January 9th, 2009|Blog|

The Washington Post reports the death of Richard Seaver, the censorship-fighting editor and translator who worked with Barney Rosset at Grove Press to publish such controversial books as Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch and The Story of O and who helped bring Samuel Beckett to a wider English-speaking audience.

The First Amendment and the Internet

By |2019-03-12T18:24:57-04:00January 9th, 2009|Blog|

Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center sheds some light on the topic of internet censorship in a recent article in the North Country Gazette. He argues that, while the first amendment does not apply to private companies, privately owned internet companies have an unprecedented amount of control over the speech of large groups of people. For hundreds of millions [...]

Will lawsuit over negative Yelp review chill online speech?

By |2019-03-20T14:27:31-04:00January 8th, 2009|Blog|

UPDATE: Earlier today, Yelp users were protesting the lawsuit by posting a rash of negative comments about Biegel on Yelp. Since then, these negative comments have been removed, presumably by Yelp, which, according to its terms of service, "reserves the right (but has no obligation) to remove or suppress User Content from the Site at its sole discretion for any [...]

Who’s censoring Facebook: The powers that be or the forces of the mob?

By |2019-03-12T18:25:12-04:00January 6th, 2009|Blog|

Recently, there have been reports that content involving the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is mysteriously disappearing from Facebook. The Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF) has complained that “many threads in various pro-Israel and pro-JIDF groups have mysteriously disappeared,” while others have complained that anti-Zionist content has disappeared, and one girl alleged that Facebook has prevented her from using hashtags such as [...]