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Columnist Banned for Opinion on Art Fairsnew

A Wyoming art association has banned a local columnist from its studios and classes after board members called for “consequences” to a column that criticized art fairs.
Planet Jackson Hole  |  Matthew Irwin  |  07-28-2010  |  Media

To Inform the Public (and Censor Them)new

The Carr family detests all that is evil, from hacks to kids on their lawn, to politicians who sneeze into your tax dollars, to the liberal establishment, to... kids on their lawn. And the Boston Herald's favorite columnist isn't the only one with an inky thumb.
Dig Boston  |  Media Farm  |  03-10-2010  |  Civil Liberties

The Italians Were Right to 'Censor' Google

This column appears in print newspapers. If I were to write that you were (for example) a drug-addicted child pornographer, my editors would ask me if it was true and demand that I source my allegation. On the other hand, there are no gatekeepers online.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  03-02-2010  |  Tech

Courthouse Bomber to Speak About Social Changenew

After it was initially canceled, a controversial talk by a radical activist will go on at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Ray Luc Levasseur, who became a radical in part due to his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam, will talk on campus in connection with a symposium on "social change."
Boston Phoenix  |  Rick Wormwood  |  11-11-2009  |  Civil Liberties

Censoring Obama Hate-Speechnew

Free speech collides with hate speech when the anti-Obama talk turns ugly, but the rabid right has been holding its venomous tongue lately. Is Obama-phobia a thing of the past or just on hiatus? And what should be done about it?
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  01-16-2009  |  Media

'Obscene in the Extreme' Recalls the Fight to Ban 'Grapes of Wrath'new

Seventy years later, with The Grapes of Wrath canonized in American literature and still a must-read for students across the country, it is almost forgotten how strongly -- and even violently -- publication of Steinbeck's novel was opposed in the heartland of California.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Geoffrey Dunn  |  09-26-2008  |  Nonfiction

Condom Shop Offer Too Hot for Boise Statenew

Boise State University bookstore has condom shop coupon removed from coupon book after complaints.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  09-10-2008  |  Sex

Retired Russian Army Colonel Criticizes U.S. Actions in Iraq Even as Tanks Roll in Georgianew

Yuri Yuryevich, also a former journalist, says the idea of Russian censorship was concocted by the West -- investigative journalism no problem as long as president isn't criticized.
L.A. Weekly  |  Steven Leigh Morris  |  08-18-2008  |  International

George Carlin Showed Us the Importance of Being Offensivenew

Shit. Piss. Fuck. Cunt. Cocksucker. Motherfucker. Tits. I can think of hundreds of words more offensive than these in the English language: Lie. Murder. War. Politics. Fundamentalism. Apathy. O'Reilly.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dale Bridges  |  06-30-2008  |  Commentary

The 2008 Phoenix Muzzle Awardsnew

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution, but it's an idea we have to fight for every day. We round up the past year's most conspicuous enemies.
Boston Phoenix  |  Dan Kennedy  |  06-26-2008  |  Civil Liberties

Hate Speech Infests SoCal Daily Newspaper Websitesnew

Due to the anonymity and instant access to an audience that poorly monitored newspaper and social networking sites provide, internet hate speech is a growing national phenomenon. "It's democracy gone wild," said Deborah Lauter, director of the national civil rights division of the Anti-Defamation League.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Staff  |  06-17-2008  |  Media

Canada's New Culture War: Bill C-10new

This 568-page tax bill may be the beginning of a crusade against the nation's film industry.
The Georgia Straight  |  Charlie Smith  |  06-13-2008  |  Movies

'Young People Fucking' Proves Fuck is the New Blacknew

First there was FCUK. And then there were bands like Holy Fuck and Fucked Up. And then Sarah Silverman was fucking Matt Damon. And now there's Young People Fucking, which has some folks calling for a crackdown.
The Georgia Straight  |  Craig Takeuchi  |  06-13-2008  |  Reviews

Thai Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Film and Censorshipnew

Thailand's board of censors demanded that four scenes -- which apparently portrayed doctors and monks in a disrespectful light -- be cut from Syndromes and a Century, and Weerasethakul refused, which meant that the film could not legally be shown.
Montreal Mirror  |  Mark Slutsky  |  06-13-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Paranoid Transit Agency Tries to Censor Bloggersnew

Southern California commuter-rail line Metrolink spends public money threatening critical websites.
L.A. Weekly  |  Max Taves  |  05-27-2008  |  Tech

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