Tag Archives: Censorship

RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES BURN BOOKS PUBLISHED WITH SOROS FUNDS

“Russian authorities have burned more than 50 books and pulled more than 500 other volumes from college libraries on the grounds they contain sentiments “alien to Russian ideology.”The books, most of them textbooks, were published with money from the Soros Fund, which in November was declared an “undesirable agent” and forced to stop its work in Russia.The books were removed from libraries in two colleges in the northwestern Komi region and some were later burned.” (via The Associated Press)

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Singapore withdraws gay penguin book from libraries

Singapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children’s books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state. And Tango Makes Three features a pair of gay penguins while The White Swan Express mentions a lesbian couple. Petitions for the books to be put back have garnered thousands of signatures. Gay sex is illegal in Singapore, and a recent gay rally drew an unprecedented backlash from religious groups.” (via BBC)

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Iran Takes Aim at Google, Wikipedia in Latest Internet Censorship Effort

“Google and Wikipedia appear to be the latest victims of Iran’s online censorship efforts, just two days after the Iranian government repeated — once again — that it’s planning to loosen its grip on the Internet. Iran has reportedly blocked access to another Google service, the hosting platform Google Sites, and censored at least two sensitive Wikipedia pages in Farsi in the last couple of days. It’s unclear at this point if these blocks are government mandated, but if they are, activists think they would expose the Iranian government’s double-sided stance on Internet freedom.” (via Mashable)

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What’s THAT book doing in the library? Complaints from public spark serious reflection

“Every year the Vancouver Public Library is asked by members of the public to remove some books from its shelves, books that have upset someone’s sensibilities, and in 2013 a children’s book by Dr. Seuss was among them. There aren’t a lot of formal requests for removal and they are almost always denied, but not before VPL takes a long, serious look at the book involved. Take the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo, for instance. It seems laughable that a Seuss book, loved by parents and children alike, could offend anyone.” (via The Province)

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Novel pulled from Ankeny class after parent questions its content

“Classroom copies of a novel about a 9-year-old boy whose father died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were removed last week from an Ankeny school following questions from a parent about the book’s content. Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” contains profanity, sex and descriptions of violence, according to the American Library Association, which tracks challenged, restricted, removed and banned books. Assistant Superintendent Jill Urich said the novel was removed from ninth-grade classrooms at Northview Middle School because the title had not received school board approval for use in the district’s English curriculum.” (via The Des Moines Register)

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