In response to the recent public removal surrounding the “American Nocturne” mural found downtown in the city of Elgin, Illinois, a product of public outcry, the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Art Advocacy Program yesterday sent a letter addressed to Elgin Mayor David Kaptain supporting the mural’s return. The letter has been sent in advance of the Elgin City Council meeting on July 13th when a vote will decide the mural’s ultimate fate.
NCAC welcomes the news that Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed HB516, which would have required parental notification whenever "sexually explicit material" was being taught in the state's public schools.
Scholastic's decision to cease distribution of a controversial children's book raises some fundamental questions about free speech and self-censorship.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: National Coalition Against Censorship | (212) 807-6222 | firstname.lastname@example.org October 30, 2014 National Coalition Against Censorship Honors Neil Gaiman and Celebrates 40 Years of Free Speech Advocacy at Nov 3 Gala NEW YORK, NY —The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) celebrates 40 years of free speech advocacy on Monday, November 3 at Tribeca 360° with an [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Svetlana Mintcheva email@example.com/ 212-807-6222 The New York based National Coalition Against Censorship has joined the UK based Index of Censorship and other members of ARTSFEX, an international civil society network actively concerned with the right of artists to freedom of expression, in a statement condemning an alarming worldwide trend in which violent protest silences artistic expression that some [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In a submission to a UN human rights review, anti-censorship groups document violations of freedom of information and expression in public schools, jails, and prisons New York and Copenhagen For more information contact Svetlana Mintcheva at 212-807-6222 In a new report to the United Nations assessing the United States’ compliance with its human rights obligations, two leading [...]
Free Speech Groups Launch “Cameron Post” Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship
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 250-500 word essay saying what [...]
Nat’l and International Organizations Warn That Cancelling Death of Klinghoffer Screenings Endangers Creative Freedom, Undermines Institution’s Credibility
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 urges the Metropolitan and its [...]
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 Censorship, ACLU of South Carolina [...]
Press Release: Proposed South Carolina Higher Education Budget Cuts Violate First Amendment Principles, Basic Tenets of Academic Freedom
The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), ACLU of South Carolina, American Association of University Professors, Modern Language Association and other free speech organizations today sent a letter (below) to members of the South Carolina Senate criticizing the recent defunding of public institutions of higher learning because of objections to assigned reading. "The proposed budget cuts are designed to punish the [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael O’Neil / Communications Director 212.807.6222 x 107 / email@example.com NEW YORK, April 8 2013-The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and opposing censorship in all its forms, recently elected Jon Anderson, President and Publisher of Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing Division, to its board [...]
Joint letter includes American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression, Association for American Publishers, and PEN American Center. The letter was quoted by a New York Times article about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
Press Release: The National Coalition Against Censorship and 18 Other Groups Call For Accountability in New York’s Educational Policy-Making System Citing Repeated “Sanitization” Of Literature in Mandatory English Language Arts Regents Exam
NEW YORK—In a letter dated January 6, 2003 the National Coalition Against Censorship, civil liberties organizations, and associations representing booksellers, publishers, librarians, educators, writers, and parents called for public hearings to address the lack of accountability in New York's educational policy-making system and its effects on the quality of education. The request, addressed to Richard Mills, Commissioner of the NY [...]
A coalition of 16 journalism groups today urged the Bush administration to abide by guidelines the Pentagon and media groups established after the 1991 Persian Gulf War if an invasion of Iraq occurs. The plea came as the coalition issued an updated Statement of Principles first released a year ago. Journalists remember how their hands were tied a decade [...]
"I know first-hand the devastating effects of censorship, so I wholeheartedly support Terrence McNally's right to speak without being subjected to threats and intimidation. Anyone who thinks his views are offensive has the right to say so - but they don't have the right to silence his voice." - Judy Blume, best-selling author "Political and economic censorship have the [...]