Censorship

Yahoo! for free speech

Ready for the World writes \"A Federal Judge ruled on WEdnesday, November 7, 2001 that the French courts cannot impose regulations or restrictions on U.S. based Yahoo. The French had argued that since the internet sites can be viewed in France that they must follow the ban on talk and sale of anything Nazi related. The U.S. Federal Court ruled that the \"United States Constitution\'s protections of free speech trumped a French order requiring Yahoo to remove Nazi materials from its Web site\". Find out more in the NYTimes \"

Anti-war free speech challenged in West Virginia

Val writes \"A West Virginia high school student was told by school officials and the court system she couldn\'t wear anti-war themed t-shirts to school, nor would she be allowed to form an \"anarchy club.\" Girl and her mother expect to pursue case.
Read more: At Salon \"

Government Responses to 9/11

Lee Hadden writes : \"The OMB Watch, which helps promote accountability in government, has
listed some of the actions different federal agencies have taken after the
terrorist incidents of September 11th. For example, many digital maps have
been pulled from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and interactive
websites maintained by the International Nuclear Safety Regulatory Center
that showed the locations of nuclear reactors have been removed.
Read more about it.\"

Catcher Gets to Stay on the Shelves

A panel of community members has determined the fate of JD Salinger\'s \"Catcher in the Rye.\" The verdict; it will remain on the Dorcester School District (SC) library\'s shelves. A school board member was campaigning to have the book removed. This is his second attempt, and he didn\'t fair any better the first time around. more... from The Charleston Post & Courier. ...I really must make it a point to read this book just to see what all the fuss is about...

Book decency rules weak, parents say

Washington Times is running This One on the never ending fight in the Fairfax County [VA] schools over appropriate reading material in school libraries.

A committee made up of school system staff came up with some new guidelines, while some members say they are happy with the guidelines, others say this does not address their concerns.
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Reading material causes airport security freakout

The Philadelphia City Paper reports that a man was prevented from boarding a plane because he was reading a book.

The book, Hayduke Lives!, has a picture of a bomb on the cover.

\"He told me to step aside,\" Godfrey says. \"Then he took my book and asked me why I was reading it.\" -- Read More

Censorship Through Concentration

Fran writes \"Discussion by Mark Crispin Miller regarding terrorism and civil liberties and the manner in which the media is excluding relevant events from reported occurrences.

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Interesting look at how the strong media concentration has caused censorship to become largely privatized, that is the owners of the media and major advertisers censoring what we read. I guess this will free up the government to worry about passing more...new...better...faster laws (DMCA).
Oh, wait, no, that was bought and paid for by that same strong media concentration .

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Colleges provide chilly climate for free speech since attacks

FreedomForum has This One on all the college faculty and staff getting in trouble for expressing opinions on the terrorist attacks.

They call it an erosion of free academic expression that existed before Sept. 11.

\"These are real conflicts,\" he said, between \"what universities feel is civilized behavior and free speech that they feel we must protect. I think we still haven\'t sorted it out yet.\"

Remembering The Book Ban Case of 76

Newsday.com has A Story on the 1976 book-banning that became the basis for a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding students\' rights.

In 1982, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court limited public school officials\' authority to remove books they find offensive from school libraries.

\"There\'s always going to be censorship,\" said Steven Pico, who as a 17-year-old
junior at Island Trees High School became the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. \"That\'s
why there always needs to be people to resist the pressure.\"

Commemorating the Infamous Island Trees Book Ban of \'76

From Newsday, someone has written an article about the famous book ban of \'76 that resulted in a Supreme Court decision limiting the authority of school officials to ban material on the basis that they find it personally offensive. more...

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