Censorship News Articles

In Memoriam: Alan Reitman

By |2019-03-07T23:11:29-05:00October 25th, 2012|Censorship News Articles|

Issue 117, Fall 2012 NCAC mourns the passing of Alan Reitman at age 91, on July 8, 2012, after a lifetime of dedication to the fight for free expression. Alan was one of the founders of NCAC and served on its board for many years, in addition to over 40 years of distinguished service with the ACLU. NCAC is grateful [...]

Views From the Executive Director: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

By |2019-03-07T23:11:29-05:00October 25th, 2012|Censorship News Articles|

Issue 117, Fall 2012 Censorship is all about controlling what people think and do by regulating what they know and say. Nowhere is this more evident than in the never-ending battles over speech about sex, sexuality and reproduction. As noted in this issue, kids are the main target of censorship of sexual content. “Abstinence-only-until-marriage”programs in public schools eliminate discussion of [...]

Long The Long and the Short of It

By |2019-03-07T23:11:30-05:00October 25th, 2012|Censorship News Articles|

Issue 117, Fall 2012 Join NCAC for our Free Speech Matters: Annual Celebration of Free Speech and Its Defenders on Monday, November 12, 2012 at Tribeca 360° in Manhattan. Visit ncac.org/benefit for rsvp and sponsorship information, or email [email protected] A Wisconsin state park cancelled the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s play, The Bible: Complete Word of God, Abridged, after criticism that the [...]

The Long and the Short of It

By |2016-01-19T10:39:53-05:00February 3rd, 2012|Censorship News Articles|

  Show your support for NCAC at our Annual Celebration of Free Speech and Its Defenders on November 29 at Tribeca Three Sixty° in Manhattan. Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers Group will Chair. We will honor Laurie Halse Anderson, Paul M. Smith, and Kaylie Jones. For more information, including tickets and other sponsorship opportunities, see our online event journal [...]

Keeping Kids in the Dark

By |2019-03-07T23:11:27-05:00February 3rd, 2012|Censorship News Articles|

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal criticizing “dark” themes in YA literature set off a firestorm of protest:  authors such as Sherman Alexie and Chris Crutcher, among others, passionately and eloquently defended novels that delve into previously “taboo” topics.

From The Executive Director: The Heckler’s Veto

By |2019-03-07T23:11:26-05:00June 15th, 2011|Censorship News Articles|

Many book censorship incidents start with a single complaint seeking to remove one or more books from a school classroom or library. But what is at stake is more than a few books. Often battles over books represent an effort to imbue the public schools with a particular set of views and values. That’s why so many book censorship cases become emotionally loaded crusades.

The Long and the Short of It Spring 2011

By |2019-03-07T23:11:26-05:00June 15th, 2011|Censorship News Articles|

LA MOCA's new director, Jeffrey Deitch, ordered a mural commissioned by the museum whitewashed within hours of its creation because of fear that its anti-war message would offend the museum's neighbors: a Veteran Hospital and a memorial to Japanese-American soldiers. A Department Of Education "Dear Colleague" letter on bullying worries First Amendment advocates because of its expansive  definition of  verbal [...]

The Kids Are Online: 6 Myths About Youth and Social Media

By |2019-03-07T23:06:32-05:00June 15th, 2011|Censorship News Articles|

Online predators! Cyberbullying! Privacy! There are a lot of fears about how young people are growing up online. And, since these are young people we're talking about, those fears often turn into full-blown panics (with help from the occasional, sensational news report). Good decisions are rarely made in a panic, however. To help kids navigate the world of instant communication in which they live, we need to take a step back and examine the facts and our fears.

Culture Wars Returning? Or Did They Ever Go Away?

By |2019-03-07T23:18:58-05:00June 14th, 2011|Censorship News Articles|

In the fall of 2010 culture wars rhetoric seemed like a thing of the past, remembered alongside attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts and Congressional saber-rattling about “offensive” art. What a difference twenty years made: the National Portrait Gallery in Washington was mounting Hide/Seek, a show on queer portraiture in art, and Congress was voting to repeal the military’s repressive “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. It almost appeared as if the old cultural battle-axes had been buried.

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By |2016-01-19T10:39:52-05:00April 5th, 2011|Censorship News Articles|

Subscribe to Censorship News NCAC's newsletter, published four times a year, covers current book censorship controversies, threats to the free flow of information, obscenity laws, creationism, attacks on school textbooks, and more. Available in print form from the National Coalition Against Censorship for $30 per year. Simply print out this page, fill in the spaces below, and mail or fax [...]

The Long and the Short of It: CN 113

By |2019-03-07T23:17:36-05:00November 17th, 2010|Censorship News Articles|

  Issue 113, Winter 2010-11 An invitation to young adult novelist Ellen Hopkins to speak at Teen Lit Fest 2011 in Humble, Texas was revoked because some parents complained about the content of Hopkins' novels. Other scheduled authors dropped out in protest and the Festival was canceled. In response to one elementary school parent complaining about the book's content, the [...]

Revisiting the Culture Wars and Looking Ahead

By |2019-03-07T23:17:43-05:00November 17th, 2010|Censorship News Articles|

  Issue 113, Winter 2010-11 Using the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the NEA “decency clause,” NCAC initiated a conversation about the arts and their place in society today. Two panels, organized in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, brought together survivors of the culture wars and culture workers who are coming to creative maturity [...]

The Ratings Game

By |2019-03-07T23:17:29-05:00November 17th, 2010|Censorship News Articles|

Many of you are familiar with our concerns about ratings. They’re highly subjective, they reflect value judgments about content, and they reduce complex material to a few letters and numbers.

The Video Game Issue: The Case

By |2019-03-08T00:00:28-05:00November 17th, 2010|Censorship News Articles|

In Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the Supreme Court will decide whether the state can impose criminal penalties for selling or renting violent video games to minors. It may seem inconsequential to nongamers, but it poses a critically important issue even for people who will never play a video game: whether representations of violence will continue to be protected by the First Amendment.

To Read, or Not to Read, That is the Question

By |2019-03-15T18:13:39-04:00May 19th, 2010|Censorship News Articles|

This April school administrators of Franklin Township in Indiana pulled Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon out of the hands of AP English students, who were half-way through reading the book. The following comments, selected from a heated discussion on a local paper's website, shed light on what's at stake for students, parents, and community members whenever a book censorship incident occurs

Living in Interesting Times

By |2019-03-07T23:17:39-05:00May 19th, 2010|Censorship News Articles|

Kids today have less time on their own to play, run around outside, ride their bikes aimlessly, or simply do nothing. Their lives are heavily programmed and supervised. This state of affairs makes it all the more important that children’s imagination, curiosity, and intellectual development is not similarly programmed and supervised to limit their world to one that offers no unexpected challenge.

Free Expression at Risk, at Yale and Elsewhere

By |2019-03-07T23:19:01-05:00December 15th, 2009|Censorship News Articles|

Last summer, Yale University decided to strip all images of Mohammed from The Cartoons that Shook the World, by Jytte Klausen, a scholarly review of the events surrounding the 2005 Danish cartoon controversy published by Yale University Press. (See CN 101) To justify the decision, University officials cited concerns that the book might stimulate violence “somewhere in the world,” even though no actual threats had been received.

The First Amendment in the Courts: CN111

By |2019-03-20T14:20:10-04:00December 15th, 2009|Censorship News Articles|

In September, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, a case challenging provisions of the anti-terrorism laws that make it a crime to give “material support,” including “training” and “expert advice or assistance,” to any group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

35th Anniversary Celebration!

By |2020-01-03T14:24:12-05:00July 9th, 2009|Censorship News Articles|

On Monday, October 19, 2009 we celebrated NCAC’s 35th Anniversary Celebration with A Night of Comedy with Judy Blume & Friends. We invited fearless writers, artists, actors, comedians, musicians and filmmakers who have fought back against censorship to share a brief tale or riff on growing up. Check out photos and videos from the evening!

The Long and The Short of It: CN #110

By |2019-03-07T23:17:29-05:00June 25th, 2009|Censorship News Articles|

In February, the NCAC and the ACLU of Tennessee jointly responded to a complaint that filters installed at the Central High School in Knoxville, TN were blocking websites providing political and educational content about LGBTQ issues. The ACLU brought an action alleging constitutional violations and the school agreed to modify its internet policy.

Ward Churchill Redux

By |2016-01-19T10:40:24-05:00June 4th, 2009|Censorship News Articles|

Even though a jury has now determined that Ward Churchill, a tenured professor at the University of Colorado, was fired as a result of his controversial views and in violation of his constitutional rights, his case remains controversial.

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