Censorship

Top 100 Banned Books

ALA\'s List of the most banned or challenged books of the 90\'s is out. And the top 5 are...


1. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite


2. Scary Story (Series) by Alvin Schwartz


3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


5. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier -- Read More

Czechs Try to Ban Hitler\'s Book

Book Wire has this article about the forced pulling of Mein Kampf from bookstores in the Czech Republic. Will the libraries be next?\"Bookshops throughout the Czech Republic have been raided by police confiscating copies of a new edition of Mein Kampf that has become one of the best-selling books in the country in a decade.\" -- Read More

Rejected Book Gives Library a headache

This is an interesting story from the Toledo Blade. A library rejected a donation of a biography of Martha Sanger (an abortion-rights activist) that it saw to be \"badly written...comes across as a polemic, not a biography\". Four years later, the donator is crying censorship.
\"Ironically, the author of the book, Dr. George Grant, sees nothing wrong with the library\'s decision to not carry his book. \"Institutions are full of agendas. Libraries are run by humans, so they will always reflect a particular bent,\" Dr. Grant said. -- Read More

UCSD\'s BURN server shut down

Rory Litwin
writes \"After seven years online, the UCSD
Communication department chair Carol
Padden has censored the project hosted at
burn.ucsd.edu. She has made
her decision against the wishes of the majority of
department faculty
and graduate students and without consulting or even
informing any of
the department faculty or students involved with the
project, reportedly
under pressures from the UC president Richard
Atkinson. No explanation
or justification for the shutdown was given, nor was any
opportunity
for a hearing or reconsideration of the decision. Host
records were
simultaneously removed from campus DNS servers,
rendering burn.ucsd.edu
nonexistent. Only a few hours advance warning was
given to BURN! project
representatives, leaving them no way to even contact
most system users
to inform them of what had happened or to arrange for
moving to another
address.


http://libr.org/Juice/issues/vol3/LJ_3.23.html#15

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Censorship of Cuban Libraries

Steven
Williams
of Global Learning Outreach fame (http://www.glo.org).
sent in this News Bulletin from the Friends of Cuban
Libaries

MORE ARRESTS FAIL TO STOP LIBRARY
EXPANSION

Despite a flurry of repressive actions by the Cuban
government in recent months, it appears likely that the
fiftieth independent library will soon open its doors in
the island nation. -- Read More

City of Boston makes available open meeting minute

Don Saklad writes \"After years of denying, delaying or hampering access to open
public meetings minutes of our city of Boston public library
department board of trustees minutes have been made
available via the Web
bpl.org/WWW/trustees.html -- Read More

Prisoners say jail limiting book options

This Story begs the question, Does being in Jail mean you can\'t read what you want?
In The Arkansas Benton County Jail, apparently it does. It seems the Ministry is now choosing the books prisoners can read, and has removed everything except \"volumes with religious themes and \"spiritually uplifting little novelettes\".

\"\"I think this is a violation of our constitutional rights,\" said Ms. Marin, who is being held on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to pay fines and restitution and driving with a suspended driver\'s license. \"I do not believe they can let the clergy tell us what we can and cannot read.\" -- Read More

Parents want Whoopi out

JSOnline in Milwaukee, has this Story on local parents who want Whoopi Goldberg\'s biography removed from the shelves.

\"In a complaint filed with the Muskego-Norway School District, the Kanias describe a three-page excerpt from the 1997 book as \"enough to ruin the innocence of any 14-year-old.\"

You\'d think they\'d want to get rid of it because she\'s not funny! -- Read More

Confront Censors

Freedomforum
has a reprint of the speech given by
Paul McMasters at the Maine Librarians
Conference.

\"Just about every type of speech
one can think of is under attack today: sexual speech,
violent speech, hate speech, unpatriotic speech,
\"coarse\" speech, uncivil speech.\" -- Read More

Order about to be issued on Boston Public Library

Don Saklad writes \"Massachusetts Public Records Division is about to issue an
order on city of Boston Public Library interlibrary loan
department officer D. Keller and president Bernard Margolis
to comply and disclose legitimately public information.

Details about how you can get your supervisory, managerial
and executive public library officials to comply with state
FOI freedom of information, open government and open public
meeting sunshine intellectual freedom principles
http://www.ma.lwv.org/guideto.htm#Minutes and Other Public Records
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