Censorship

Smart Librarians Save Stupid White Men

Madeline Douglass writes \"
Michael Moore on how librarians saved Stupid White Men...
(#1 on the New York Times Best Seller List)

\"This book is not coming out and we\'re going to pulp it...so anyway the next day I was speaking out at the New Jersey Public Citizen Action meeting and I told them the story
about that last night I got the word that this book isn\'t going to come out and I\'d like somebody to be able to read it.
I bought it with me.
I\'ll read a chapter. I read a chapter.
Apparently there was this librarian in the audience
(nobody I knew) who then went home and got into all the librarian chat rooms...where librarians secretly conspire with each other and she tells this story to all the librarians and then one of them writes this letter up and sends it to all these librarian listservs and websites and within days Harper Collins is being inudated with angry, angry hate mail from librarians...So I get this call from Harper Collins, \"What did you tell the librarians?\"

Listen to the Speech that celebrates the power
of librarians and individuals to make
a difference...

Listen to the Speech that will make George W. Bush wish that J. Edgar Hoover and Joe McCarthy were still alive...
at the
Commonwealth Club or a story at Salon.com\"

Salon also has a New Story on the book, that calls it \"factually challenged\". This article is Salon Premium content and only available to subscribers.

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Gov\'t Web sites told to delete data

jen writes \"-In light of the letter from the Superintendent of Documents - it could be interesting times. GPO Announcement

The White House yesterday ordered all federal agencies
to scrub their Web sites of sensitive information on weapons
of mass destruction and other data that might be useful to
terrorists, The Washington Times has learned.
The move alarmed scientists and open-records advocates
because the government is withdrawing thousands of
documents that have been available to the public for years.
Washington Times Story \"

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God Tells Teachers\' Prayer Group To Clean House

Bob Cox passed along This One from Russell County, KY, on a teachers\' prayer group that is involved in an effort to get dozens of books dealing with ghosts, cults and witchcraft reviewed for possible removal from the library at Russell County High School.

God revealed to the group that the presence of the books was one reason his \"manifested presence\" hadn\'t yet come to the school to change the hearts and minds of students, according to a letter from one member of the group.
The school has a policy under which people can complain about books. But it appears no one has used it in more than 20 years, so there is no committee in place to judge the complaints.

\"God spoke to my spirit that we must do HOUSE CLEANING!\" said the letter announcing the review request. \"As a Christian teacher in the public school, God has showed me that it is my responsibility to take a stand and lift my voice.\"

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Teacher-initiated book banning controversy in Kent

Someon writes \"A Christian teachers\' group at Russell County High School, just a few miles from where I work, has presented a list of 50 books on witchcraft which they want removed from the RCHS library because it\'s preventing \"God from manifesting His presence at the school\" (which would personally scare the @&#^ out of me, since I\'d take it as an indicator that I was standing squarely on the Hellmouth!)! The school has proposed a board of review to evaulate their collection, which is total BS, since their media specialist has a Rank I (doctoral-level) certification!!!

_Lexington Herald-Leader_ story is Here It was run in the A section of the March 13 edition. \"

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Teacher seeks ban on Guinness books

Bob Cox sent along This One on a teacher who is seeking to have recent editions of the famous world records book removed from a school district\'s elementary libraries.

Photos of women showing off the world\'s most valuable bikini or most expensive bra and panties are inappropriate for young pupils, Banting Elementary School teacher Mel Culver says.

\"It has come to my attention as a teacher at Banting that boys are asking to go to the library for the sole purpose of looking at these pictures. The news of them has spread like wildfire,\" Culver wrote in the complaint she filed with the district on Feb. 19. \"These pictures obviously are not enhancing their education nor are they enhancing the way they look at girls.\"

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The File Room discussed

A story/thread on Slashdot entitled The
Futility of Censorship
is about a project called The File Room by an
artist named Antonio Muntadas, and how it shows (or
doesn\'t show) that the existence of the internet stands to
work against censorship. What The File Room is is an
archive of censored materials from around the world,
making them available to anyone who has (full) access to
the internet.

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New laws to suppress academic research

Troll Boy passed along This One on Laws being introduced in the UK that would give the Government the power to see academic papers before they are published and suppress them. It could also prevent the use of e-mails between foreign colleagues.

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Is it Filtering or Censorship?

An article in The Florida Times-Union discusses the issue of filtering and how it isn\'t related to censorship. According to the article, \"If Internet filters are censorship, then so is the failure of libraries to stock the shelves in the children\'s section with Hustler and Playboy.\" More

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Michael Moore\'s Uncensored Book Release Planned.

Presuming all goes as planned, folks holding their breath for Moore\'s Stupid
book can exhale February 19th.  Michael
Moore
->writes:

\"Word began to leak out about Stupid White Men being \"banned.\"
Articles appeared in Publishers Weekly and Salon.com.
I was trying to remain quiet about [the] whole affair, but once a number
of reporters found out (not from me), and a group of librarians organized
a letter-writing campaign, HarperCollins [owned by Murdoch\'s
NewsCorp],
after weighing all their options (and the potential reaction to those options),
decided finally to release the book AS IS -- unchanged and uncensored,
on Tuesday, February 19th.\"

Earlier articles about
Moore picked up by LISNews.

-Hermit
;-) -> Citations+Updates

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Schools Remove Donated Korans

Michael Nellis writes \"In what appears to be a reprise of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica issue, some 300 copies of the Koran, donated to schools by an Islamic foundation, have been pulled from the library shelves. This 1934 translation includes some footnotes explaining portions of the text, in which the Jewish faith is criticized. This edition is being called anti-semitic.

From the little information I\'ve been able to glean from the article, the reaction might not be censorship, but it sure skirts the edge.

Full LATimes Story \"

From the article:

\"It\'s not an issue of whether the Koran should be available in the library,\" Konantz said. \"It\'s like any other research volume. But these interpretations are certainly in question.\"

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