Oscar Wilde, Censorship and the Moral Art of Living

stuart yeates writes \"
The Philosophers\' Magazine is carrying a story Oscar Wilde, Censorship and the Moral Art of Living which presents an overview of Oscar Wilde\'s trouble with, and philosophy towards, censorship.\"

They say in short, the problem of how and when to legislate for public morality remains as pertinent as it was in Wilde\'s time, and his arguments against censorship highlight for us the relationship between artist and public that is the central concern in censorship debates.


Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom

Jim Kuhn writes \"Adopted by unanimous consent by the ALA Council, January 23, 2002:

\"Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks\"

Resolution Site \"


Challenged book to remain in children\'s library

Shaleen Culbert writes \"In a rather amazing turn of events, the Hudson Public Library board, on a vote of 4-3, decided to allow \"It\'s So Amazing\" by Robie Harris remain in the children\'s library. Having agreed to remove \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" from the children\'s library in a previous action,it was assumed by those issuing the challenge that \"It\'s So Amazing\" would suffer the same fate. Score one for the right to read!

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Attacks cause feds to yank open records

Showmenews has This One about the US federal government’s decision to remove \"public\" information from the public domain.

\"We don’t do this lightly,\" Swindells said. \"The program is specifically designed to provide public access to these materials. Pulling something runs against the grain of the system.\"


Sex Ed Book Challenged

Shaleen Culbert writes \"Patron objects to a second children\'s sex education book at Hudson Public Library in Hudson, Wisconsin. The board previous moved another book by the same author(It\'s Perfectly Normal) out of the children\'s library and into the young adult section and purchased an additional copy for the adult section. Read all about it online at the Hudson Star Observer\'s site. The board meets January 14, 2002. This should be interesting.


Girl, ACLU, Author Fight District Over Banning of Sophie\'s Choice

A California school student, with the help of the ACLU and author, William Styron, may file suit against the student\'s school district for banning the 1979 American Book Award winning novel, \"Sophie\'s Choice.\"
The story depicts the life of a Holocaust survivor. The school pulled the book from the shelves after a parent complained about its sexual content. More


Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is trying to force a NY Federal court to overturn the remaining provisions of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) that prohibit Web sites from displaying obscene material on the internet. More


U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy

Check Out \"The Overseas Libraries Controversy and the Freedom to Read:
U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy\"
from Libraries and Culture.

\"Abstract: In the early Cold War years, censorship pressures on libraries led in 1948 to the adoption of a strengthened Library Bill of Rights by the American Library Association (ALA). In 1953 pressures intensified when Senator Joseph McCarthy opened an investigation of the United States Department of State\'s Overseas Libraries. This essay explores the response of the ALA and the American Book Publishers Council to McCarthy\'s attacks. Through adoption of The Freedom to Read and the Overseas Libraries Statement, librarians and publishers identified librarians as defenders of intellectual freedom. In addition, they helped to restore balance to book selection for U.S. information services abroad and affected the role of books and libraries in cultural diplomacy.\"

Note: Link may not work for everyone, subscription required. Big ups to Rory for pointing that out.


3 Quirkie Stories on Censorship

Lee Hadden writes: \"Three quirkie stories about censorship come from Annanova.com.

In One Story, a Swedish man was banned from travel to fourteen other
EU countries because he put up a poster in Belgium that was opposed to the
European Union. For expressing his non-politically correct beliefs, he is
banned from travel or transit throughout the rest of the EU, and must stay
home in Sweden from now on. A more modern take on \"The Man Without a
Country,\" or in this case, \"The Man Without a Union.\"

In a second story, a senior wanted her pet rat to be included in her
yearbook photograph. The principal denied the request, and the girl is
suing. This is surprising to me, since my high school yearbook was filled
with pictures of rats. And jerks. And...

Finally, a German tabloid was officially censored by the German
Federal Press Council for calling the English \"Tommy Sods,\" smelling like
\"dead sheep\" and having \"BSE pot bellies.\" The hapless Brits were also
accused of having both stale beer (a deadly insult in Germany!) and stale
brains, after they trounced Germany 5-1 in soccer. I guess the Germans
should either love the Brits or shut up.


Access to information is declining after Sept. 11

The Orlando Sentinel has another story on FOI stuff being Flouted around the country.
They say since Sept. 11, it has become much harder to get such information from the federal government, a growing number of states and public libraries as heightened concern about national security has often trumped the public\'s \"right to know:\"
At least it\'s not only happening in Boston.



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