Monthly Archives: September 2011

Be Vigilant; Your Books Could Be Next

By Sherry Roberts I am not a conspiracy nut. I don’t believe I am being watched ALL the time, and I try not to think about what they put in our food. But I am pretty sure that books disappear

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Posted in Censorship, Literature Censorship

If it Bleeds, it Leads: Why it Took Police Violence to Make the Media Notice ‘Occupy Wall Street’

To what do the protesters owe the sudden interest from the mainstream media? Scenes of protesters being dragged by their hair and pepper-sprayed in the face. A bit after 10 p.m. on Saturday night in occupied Liberty Plaza, there was

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Fighting Bankster Greed and the Surveillance State

Over a week in, and despite mass arrests, the protesters are still camped out around the corner from Wall Street, and the Internet is watching. The crackdown on the Wall Street protesters this weekend seems to have backfired. The campsite-cum-experiment

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Posted in Human Rights

Cop Caught Macing “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters a Second Time, NYPD Launches Investigation

The comically named New York policeman Anthony “Tony” Bologna has now been caught macing #OccupyWallSt protesters without apparent provocation not once, but twice. The Guardian reports that new footage of Officer Bologna macing protesters emerged yesterday, and that the NYPD is

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Bahrain Sentences Medical Workers for Treating Protesters

Edward Yeranian | Cairo A security court in the Gulf state of Bahrain has sentenced 20 doctors and medics to long jail sentences for treating wounded demonstrators during unrest earlier this year. The court sentence is expected to further enrage

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Posted in Human Rights

China: Secret Arrest to be Justified by Law Amendment

Written by Oiwan Lam The Chinese government is in the process of completing an amendment to its Criminal Procedure Law (CPL). The draft, released for public consultation on 30 August, 2011, has sparked an intense debate among law professors and lawyers,

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Posted in Human Rights

Arab World: Nobel Peace Prize for Revolution Netizens?

Written by Amira Al Hussaini Twitter is abuzz with excitement tonight as the names of Arab netizens are being circulated as possible candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for the roles they have played in the Arab revolutions. Egyptians Wael

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

How to Fight Censorship and Share Books During Banned Books Week

Written by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Banned Books Week, held the last week of September each year since 1982, is an opportunity for libraries and bookstores to draw attention to censorship with challenged books. In the 29 years since the

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Posted in Human Rights

Ban Censorship, Not Books or Websites

On July 25, 2011, the Republic School District Board in southwest Missouri voted unanimously to ban Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer from its curriculum and library. Banning books from libraries is nothing new, but across

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

ACLU Marks Banned Websites Awareness Day with Report on LGBT Censorship in Schools

Public schools across the country are largely receptive to removing web filters that block educational content related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, according to a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT

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