Censorship

Un-depositing material

Mary Minow passed along This Story on a recent government order that caught some local librarians by surprise and made the people who spend their professional lives providing information to others a bit uneasy.

The Government Printing Office ordered the libraries to destroy public information — specifically, a CD-ROM on reservoirs and dams prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey. The reason for the order: national security

\"“In some cases, removal of information may be justified,” he said. “The problem is it’s happening on an ad hoc basis with no criteria of what should be removed. In some cases, the agencies [are] forgetting the reasons the information was disclosed in the first place.”
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The Post-September 11 Environment

ombwatch.org is maintaining A List of changes in public access to government information since the September 11 terrorist attacks. This list is updated on an ongoing basis. New additions will be posted to the top of the list.

Rising Fears That What We Do Know Can Hurt Us

Another great submission from Hermit.Hermit ;-) writes \" The LAtimes is reporting Reporting on the GPO\'s order to have government records destroyed at Federal Depository Libraries. The article also mentions the removal of info from fed and FAS.org websites and the reduction of F.O.I.A. requests granted. The article reports that \"while documents have been pulled before because they contained mistakes or were outdated, this was the first time in memory that documents were destroyed because of security concerns, said Francis Buckley, superintendent of documents for the printing office.\"
Lively discussion Slashdot.\"


Fiona points to discussions on Kuro5in as well, and adds \"It is incredibly disturbing that a government agency has the power to order libraries to do this. \"

Yahoo! for free speech

Ready for the World writes \"A Federal Judge ruled on WEdnesday, November 7, 2001 that the French courts cannot impose regulations or restrictions on U.S. based Yahoo. The French had argued that since the internet sites can be viewed in France that they must follow the ban on talk and sale of anything Nazi related. The U.S. Federal Court ruled that the \"United States Constitution\'s protections of free speech trumped a French order requiring Yahoo to remove Nazi materials from its Web site\". Find out more in the NYTimes \"

Anti-war free speech challenged in West Virginia

Val writes \"A West Virginia high school student was told by school officials and the court system she couldn\'t wear anti-war themed t-shirts to school, nor would she be allowed to form an \"anarchy club.\" Girl and her mother expect to pursue case.
Read more: At Salon \"

Government Responses to 9/11

Lee Hadden writes : \"The OMB Watch, which helps promote accountability in government, has
listed some of the actions different federal agencies have taken after the
terrorist incidents of September 11th. For example, many digital maps have
been pulled from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and interactive
websites maintained by the International Nuclear Safety Regulatory Center
that showed the locations of nuclear reactors have been removed.
Read more about it.\"

Catcher Gets to Stay on the Shelves

A panel of community members has determined the fate of JD Salinger\'s \"Catcher in the Rye.\" The verdict; it will remain on the Dorcester School District (SC) library\'s shelves. A school board member was campaigning to have the book removed. This is his second attempt, and he didn\'t fair any better the first time around. more... from The Charleston Post & Courier. ...I really must make it a point to read this book just to see what all the fuss is about...

Book decency rules weak, parents say

Washington Times is running This One on the never ending fight in the Fairfax County [VA] schools over appropriate reading material in school libraries.

A committee made up of school system staff came up with some new guidelines, while some members say they are happy with the guidelines, others say this does not address their concerns.
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Reading material causes airport security freakout

The Philadelphia City Paper reports that a man was prevented from boarding a plane because he was reading a book.

The book, Hayduke Lives!, has a picture of a bomb on the cover.

\"He told me to step aside,\" Godfrey says. \"Then he took my book and asked me why I was reading it.\" -- Read More

Censorship Through Concentration

Fran writes \"Discussion by Mark Crispin Miller regarding terrorism and civil liberties and the manner in which the media is excluding relevant events from reported occurrences.

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Interesting look at how the strong media concentration has caused censorship to become largely privatized, that is the owners of the media and major advertisers censoring what we read. I guess this will free up the government to worry about passing more...new...better...faster laws (DMCA).
Oh, wait, no, that was bought and paid for by that same strong media concentration .

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