Contact: Michael O’Neil, Communications Director National Coalition Against Censorship p: 212.807.6222 x. 107 // c: 347-788-1646 // firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Free Speech Groups Launch “Cameron Post” Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship NEW YORK 8/01/2014– Eight organizations concerned about free speech and education are inviting high school students in Delaware to write a […]
Two weeks ago, NCAC's Kids' Right to Read Project and other organizations sent a letter to the Cape Henlopen school district in Delaware expressing serious concerns over the removal of Emily M. Danforth's award-winning novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post, from a summer reading list for the high school's college prep and honors classes. This week, […]
A parent in Waukesha, WI has formally requested a district-wide ban on John Green’s award-winning and beloved novel Looking For Alaska, reportedly claiming the book is “not suitable for teenagers.” It’s worth noting that the book won the American Library Association’s prestigious Michael L. PrintzAward, which is given annually to “the best book written for teens, based […]
You still have time to add your voice to the FCC’s general comment period on Net Neutrality! Hundreds of thousands of concerned netizens have submitted comments so far, but there’s still something missing: You! The Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided an easy, online form at DearFCC.org to add your comment in favor of a neutral […]
Update July 30: The school board has voted 6-1 to eliminate the entire summer reading list for incoming students at Cape Henlopen High School. Rather than reinstate Cameron Post, they will ” return to the district’s previous summer reading requirements, which demand college preparatory students read one book for the summer and honors students read two books,” […]
Update 7/16: Paper Towns has reappeared on the latest version of the John Long Middle School summer reading list! Previously: NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project has expressed concerns over the removal of John Green’s award-winning novel Paper Towns, from the 8th grade summer reading list at John Long Middle School in Pasco County (FL). A parent who objected to sexual content and references in the book expressed her concerns in an email to a member of the school board, who in turn forwarded the message to school officials on Friday, June 20. By the following Monday, the book had been removed from the reading list, even though the objecting parent did not request the book’s removal, but merely complained because she had not been alerted to its content.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, 06/19/2014-The National Coalition Against Censorship has been joined by the National Opera Association, Article 19, The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, Free Expression Policy Project, freeDimensional, Freemuse, and PEN American Center in issuing a statement (available here) opposing the Metropolitan Opera's cancellation of live, high-definition screenings of John Adams' opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, to 65 countries. The statement […]
NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project has sent a letter to the Murray Independent Schools district in Kentucky regarding the decision to remove the novel UnWholly from 7th grade reading at Murray Middle School, and the ongoing conversation about book challenge policies and how they are implemented in the district. The parent of a student […]
In a letter sent today, NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project expressed concerns over the cancellation of Cory Doctorow’s novel Little Brother, as the assigned text for Booker T. Washington High School’s school-wide summer reading program. The letter points out that “the book was selected after an extensive process by the professional staff”, yet the program […]
Political Micromanaging of College Curriculum and Punishing Colleges for Teaching Books with LGBT Content is an Assault on Academic Freedom June 9, 2014 Media Contacts: Michael O’Neil, Communications Director, National Coalition Against Censorship; email@example.com, (212) 807 6222 x 107 Victoria Middleton, Executive Director, ACLU of South Carolina; firstname.lastname@example.org, (843) 720 1424; The National Coalition Against […]
Free Expression Network member EFF have posted “The Top 5 Claims That Defenders of the NSA Have to Stop Making to Remain Credible” and it’s a scathing takedown of anyone relying on these old chestnuts to prop up an argument for continued mass surveillance.
No lie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will likely face another challenge, this time in Brunswick County, North Carolina, where the The Color Purple was challenged earlier this year. NCAC sent a letter in the Color Purple case and the book was ultimately kept. A formal challenge has yet to be filed regarding Absolutely True Diary, […]
TruthDig Radio, which broadcasts on radio stations across the country and is available as a podcast, had a great discussion with Svetlana about our “Top 40 Threats to Free Speech Right Now!” post. It’s a wide-ranging dialog, from the government’s war on whistleblowers to Facebook’s war on nipples. The interview starts at about 17 minutes […]
NCAC screened our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest Winners at the New York Film Academy on March 29. Top prize went to Ani Akpan of the Bronx for his visually dazzling Future Warfare III, followed by Peter Ackerman of Augusta, Maine and Austin Guerrero of Gresham, Oregon; Daniella Sanchez won the People’s Choice Award […]
District 196, serving the Rosemount – Apple Valley – Eagan regions near the Twin Cities, has announced that the committee convened to decide whether the book Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You should be retained in the district's libraries has voted 10-0 to keep the work. A parent challenged the book for the use of the word "retarded" in […]
Update: The book as been retained. Click here for details on the decision. Barthe DeClements’ award-winning Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You has been challenged for a school library removal in Rosemount – Apple Valley – Eagan Public Schools (District 196) near the Twin Cities in Minnesota. A parent filed a complaint over the use of […]
We’ve launched a new website with an updated design on a completely new platform. It has already made a big difference in how we promote free speech! Here are 10 reasons why we think you’ll like it, too: 1. Welcome Home, Blogging Censorship! Our free expression commentary and news blog, Blogging Censorship, is now integrated […]
As free speech organizations continue to push the government for changes in surveillance policies, there are technical changes we can implement to thwart online mass surveillance that require no government permission at all. Reset The Net is calling on everyone who hosts a website or publishes an app to take action.
According to Fauquier.com, a Fauquier County Public Schools review committee has unanimously rejected a book challenge that would have removed David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing from the high school library. NCAC’s Kids’ Right To Read Project sent a letter to the school board prior to the meeting, warning that removing the book based on objections to […]
World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading for pleasure, and the fun of passing on a book to someone in your community. Each year, 30-35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers for distribution on the evening of April 23rd. The authors waive their royalties and the publishers cover […]