Blog – National Coalition Against Censorship https://ncac.org Promoting freedom of thought, inquiry and expression, and opposing censorship in all its forms. Fri, 19 Jun 2020 20:40:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://ncac.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ncac-logo_sticky-50t.png Blog – National Coalition Against Censorship https://ncac.org 32 32 Social Media Under Pressure Part I: Trump Lashes out at Twitter https://ncac.org/news/social-media-under-pressure-part-i Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:40:38 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=82908 Rhetorically framed as defense of free speech, the President’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, is exactly the opposite: an attempt to intimidate social media platforms into yielding to the president’s views of what speech should be allowed online. While we agree that social media platforms “function in many ways as a 21st-century equivalent of [...]

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Social Media Under Pressure Part II: Protests, Polarization, and Social Media Regulation https://ncac.org/news/social-media-under-pressure-part-ii Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:03:52 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=82930 As misinformation proliferates, protests escalate, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election looms, how much should social media companies regulate the content on their platforms? Rules and regulations are changing as social media giants are figuring out how to wield their unprecedented power over information. As an organization committed to free expression, we welcome efforts to [...]

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Free Speech Stories 2019 https://ncac.org/news/blog/free-speech-stories-2019 Mon, 23 Dec 2019 16:05:47 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=76577 These are the free speech stories our readers cared about most this year.

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NCAC’s Arts Advocacy Program Shines at the Creative Time Summit https://ncac.org/news/blog/ncacs-arts-advocacy-program-shines-at-the-creative-time-summit Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:45:12 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=76533   In November 2019, for Creative Time Summit X: Speaking Truth, our Arts Advocacy Program (AAP) organized the roundtable session Fear and Controversy: Censorship in the Arts at the Cooper Union with artists Christina Freeman (UltraViolet Archive), Roopa Vasudevan (Center for Media at Risk, University of Pennsylvania) and Joy Garnett (NCAC's Arts Advocacy Program). The [...]

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Support NCAC With Data Science Books from No Starch Press https://ncac.org/news/blog/support-ncac-with-data-science-books-from-no-starch-press Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:28:57 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=76476 No Starch Press data science book bundle benefits NCAC because data collection and analysis is used throughout the world to suppress people's rights.

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Cancel Culture: Can Free Speech in Cultural Institutions Survive the Onslaught of Moral Outrage? https://ncac.org/news/blog/cancel-culture-can-free-speech-in-cultural-institutions-survive-the-onslaught-of-moral-outrage Mon, 07 Oct 2019 18:41:37 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=76110 Svetlana Mintcheva, NCAC's Director of Programs, presented a talk at the Harvard Law School Library on the effects contemporary moral outrage has on the arts and culture.

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Back to School: 7 Resources for Parents, Teachers, and School Administrators https://ncac.org/news/blog/back-to-school-7-resources-for-parents-teachers-and-school-administrators Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:53:15 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=76006 This list of our best resources on censorship and the First Amendment in schools will help you get ready for the school year.

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Back to School: 9 Resources for Students https://ncac.org/news/blog/back-to-school-9-resources-for-students Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:43:43 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=75993 This school year we want you to be prepared to defend your right to speak, think and create.

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Remembering Toni Morrison https://ncac.org/news/blog/remembering-toni-morrison Tue, 06 Aug 2019 22:30:59 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=75898 Joan Bertin (former executive director, NCAC), Toni Morrison, Fran Lebowitz “The thought that leads me to contemplate with dread the erasure of other voices, of unwritten novels, poems whispered or swallowed for fear of being overheard by the wrong people, outlawed languages flourishing underground, essayists’ questions challenging authority never being posed, unstaged plays, canceled films—that [...]

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Truth to Power: Film Contest Winners and Semi-Finalists https://ncac.org/news/blog/truth-to-power-film-contest-winners-and-semi-finalists Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:10:36 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=75487 Over 100 teen filmmakers spoke Truth to Power for this year’s YFEP Film Contest. We invited teens to speak directly to those in power to lead change about issues that matter to them. The 12 finalist films tackled a wide range of polarizing, and often taboo, topics including gun violence, immigrant family separation, gender [...]

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Books Behind Bars: The Right to Read in Prison https://ncac.org/news/books-behind-bars-the-right-to-read-in-prison Thu, 09 May 2019 21:32:39 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=75076 Federal courts have repeatedly affirmed that prisoners have a First Amendment right to read, and publishers and others have a right to send them reading materials. And state departments of corrections have repeatedly instituted broad book bans.

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Considerations and Guidelines for School Officials https://ncac.org/news/blog/guidelines-school-officials Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:19:52 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=74904 School officials have broad discretion to establish curricula and decide what materials to include in their classrooms and libraries. However, parents, special interest groups and others sometimes attempt to impose their personal beliefs on the public school system and demand the removal of educational materials. Listed below are some general considerations school administrators should take [...]

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Chinese Artist Censored in North Carolina Exhibition | UPDATE: VICTORY! https://ncac.org/news/blog/chinese-artist-censored-in-north-carolina-exhibition Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:33:12 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=63211 A US-based Chinese artist was forced to remove three paintings from a show in North Carolina to avoid "offending" patrons.

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Kansas Library Defending LGBTQ Stories from Challengers | UPDATE: VICTORY! https://ncac.org/news/blog/kansas-library-defending-lgbtq-stories-from-challengers Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:46:44 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=63158 A library in Kansas is considering a second challenge to three widely-lauded LGBTQ books for youth.

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Jodorowsky Retrospective Cancelled at El Museo del Barrio https://ncac.org/news/blog/jodorowsky-retrospective-cancelled-at-el-museo-del-barrio Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:58:49 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=63150 New York's El Museo del Barrio recently cancelled a retrospective of the work of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. This cancellation is the latest example of art institutions cancelling or modifying shows in response to public pressure.

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Anti-BDS Legislation in Senate Disregards Free Speech https://ncac.org/news/blog/anti-bds-legislation-in-senate-disregards-free-speech Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:51:59 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=63034 The Senate considers a bill expressing federal support for state and local anti-BDS laws.

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Tumblr Adult Content Ban Will Chill Free Expression Online https://ncac.org/news/blog/tumblr-adult-content-ban Wed, 19 Dec 2018 21:31:46 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=62882 On December 17th, Tumblr permanently banned adult content from its platform. Under the new community guidelines, any image that depicts sex acts, real-life human genitalia, or (with a few exceptions) female nipples will be hidden from public view. Despite the company’s claims, the new guidelines will not create a “better, more positive” Tumblr.

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NCAC Supports Prison Legal News in Fight Against Florida Department of Corrections https://ncac.org/news/blog/ncac-supports-prison-legal-news-in-fight-against-florida-department-of-corrections Fri, 12 Oct 2018 16:35:47 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=62468 NCAC has joined with 17 other organizations in filing a brief with the US Supreme Court in the case of Prison Legal News v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections.

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Remembering Robert M. O’Neil https://ncac.org/news/blog/remembering-robert-m-oneil Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:59:01 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=62446 Former NCAC board member and leading First Amendment attorney Robert O'Neil leaves behind a legacy of inclusion and equal rights.

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NCAC Urges Swift Consideration of Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Nominees https://ncac.org/news/blog/ncac-urges-swift-consideration-of-privacy-and-civil-liberties-oversight-board-nominees Wed, 05 Sep 2018 22:35:16 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=62324 The PCLOB has now lacked a quorum for over 19 months, hamstringing its ability to function.

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University of Kentucky Unveils Installation to Encourage Dialogue about Race https://ncac.org/news/blog/university-of-kentucky-installation Tue, 28 Aug 2018 16:52:48 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=62247 The University of Kentucky has unveiled a new site-specific public artwork by Philadelphia artist Karyn Olivier, commissioned in response to a heated controversy around a fresco that students said was traumatizing, creating a model for balancing conflict and tensions around campus art.

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Alex Jones And Online Content Regulation https://ncac.org/news/blog/alex-jones-and-online-content-regulation Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:59:37 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=62002 Removals of Alex Jones's content from online platforms raise questions about content regulation, censorship and who chooses what we can see, and shine a harsh light on the challenges tech companies face in applying their own content guidelines.

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New Trigger Warnings Study Confirms Potential Harm to Students https://ncac.org/news/blog/new-trigger-warnings-study-confirms-threat-to-freedom-of-thought Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:42:32 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=61681 A new study confirms that trigger warnings may do more harm than good.

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Major International Organization Endorses NCAC Museum Controversy Best Practices https://ncac.org/news/blog/cimam-endorsement Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:59:34 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=61667 In the wake of recent controversies, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art is providing guidance to its members by endorsing NCAC's Museum Best Practices for Managing Controversy.

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NCAC Joins FIRE and the ACLU Urging the University of Kansas to Restore American Flag Artwork https://ncac.org/news/blog/ncac-joins-fire-and-aclu-in-urging-university-of-kansas-to-restore-american-flag-artwork Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:10:06 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=61601 NCAC has joined the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas in a letter to the University of Kansas (KU) strongly urging it to take a stand against censorship by restoring a public artwork that the university removed last week.

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Kansas Governor and Secretary of State Pressure University to Remove Artwork | UPDATE: NCAC Co-Signs Joint Letter https://ncac.org/news/blog/kansas-university Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:51:27 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=61585 Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach separately pressured officials at the University of Kansas (KU) to remove an art display, threatening the free expression of the artist, curator and KU students.

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Fraternal Order of Police Challenges Summer Reading List in South Carolina High School https://ncac.org/news/blog/fraternal-order-of-police-challenges-summer-reading-list-in-south-carolina-high-school Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:53:12 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=61450 Both The Hate U Give and All American Boys have been highly praised for their complex handling of stories centering on the intersections of racism and police violence, but local police are challenging the books' inclusion on Waldo High School's summer reading list.

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NCAC Joins Student Press Law Center in Condemning Shooting at Capital Gazette https://ncac.org/news/blog/ncac-joins-student-press-law-center-in-condemning-shooting-at-capital-gazette Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:44:04 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=61418 NCAC has signed on to a statement authored by the Student Press Law Center in response to the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper and the targeting of journalists.

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Why (Your) Protest Matters: Film Contest Winners and Semi-Finalists https://ncac.org/news/blog/why-your-protest-matters-film-contest-semi-finalists Thu, 28 Jun 2018 20:17:00 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=61383 This year's Youth Free Expression Program Film Contest asked filmmakers under 19 to create films that think broadly about protest, demonstration and change. After receiving hundreds of entries, we are delighted to share our 8 semi-finalist films.

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Read with Pride: 10 Great LGBTQ YA Books for Summer https://ncac.org/news/blog/read-with-pride-10-great-lgbtq-ya-books-for-summer Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:18:48 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60795 Kick off summer with NCAC's recommendations for books that amplify LGBTQ stories and voices, and that are frequently banned in schools!

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NCAC and ArtsEverywhere Roundtable Tackles Cultural Appropriation in Art https://ncac.org/news/blog/ncac-and-artseverywhere-roundtable-tackles-cultural-appropriation-in-art Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:05:00 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60856 The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and ArtsEverywhere have launched an online roundtable to investigate the intersections of art, freedom and the politics of social justice.

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Former NCAC Executive Director, Joan Bertin, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award https://ncac.org/news/blog/former-ncac-executive-director-joan-bertin-receives-lifetime-achievement-award Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:41:47 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60864 The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation will give its First Amendment Lifetime Achievement Award to Joan Bertin, longtime Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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Fun Home Under Fire in New Jersey https://ncac.org/news/blog/fun-home-under-fire-in-new-jersey Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:02:14 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60781 Fun Home is under attack again, this time in a New Jersey High School.

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San Diego Parents Stage ‘Opt-Out’ Protests Against Sex Ed https://ncac.org/news/blog/san-diego-parents-stage-opt-out-protests-against-sex-ed Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:54:53 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60776 A group called the Concerned Parents of San Diego held their children from school to protest the district's Sexual Health Education Program, SHEP. Among the material the group finds objectionable is the award-winning It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris.

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NCAC Joins Call for DHS to Release “Race Paper” https://ncac.org/news/blog/ncac-joins-call-for-dhs-to-release-race-paper Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:20:28 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60837 The National Coalition Against Censorship has joined with 35 other organizations, including Free Press, ACLU and Color of Change, in calling upon the DHS to release its unredacted memos known as the "Race Paper" and the “Growing Frequency of Race-Related Domestic Terrorist Violence.”

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Prosper High School Journalists Stand Up to Censorship | UPDATED https://ncac.org/news/blog/prosper-high-school-journalists-stand-up-to-censorship Fri, 25 May 2018 18:04:21 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60762 Student journalists at Prosper High School wrote to their Superintendent to protest the dismissal of their journalism instructor and the repeated censorship of editorial pieces in the student publication, Eagle Nation Online.

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Concern Over Removal of Poetry Display at Aurora Public Library https://ncac.org/news/blog/concern-over-removal-of-poetry-display-at-aurora-public-library Tue, 01 May 2018 20:03:47 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60548 The Aurora Public Library has removed a poem entitled "Hijab mean Jihad" from a display after community members complained.

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When the Cure is Worse than the Disease: A Review of HATE by Nadine Strossen https://ncac.org/news/blog/when-the-cure-is-worse-then-the-disease Fri, 27 Apr 2018 17:11:14 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60479 Nadine Strossen's new book, HATE, is a clear and forceful polemic that deserves a wide audience. The book brilliantly revitalizes a classical liberal argument about the importance of countering hate speech with more speech, not enforced silence.

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ALA Reveals Top 10 Silenced Stories of 2017 https://ncac.org/video/ala-reveals-top-10-silenced-stories-of-2017 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:31:38 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60228 Often, the most frequently challenged books tell the stories that most need to be heard. The 10 most challenged books of 2017, according to the American Library Association, were no different.

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Howard Univ. Students Reach Settlement After Historic 9-Day Protest https://ncac.org/news/blog/howard-univ-students-reach-settlement-after-historic-9-day-protest Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:25:19 +0000 https://ncac.org/?p=60212 Student protesters reached a settlement with the Howard University Board of Trustees... The sit-ins broke the record for the longest Howard University student protest and harked back to historic campus takeovers by black student activists in the 1960s.

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