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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.\"
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...
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.
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
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.
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 .
They call it an erosion of free academic expression that existed before Sept. 11.
\"These are real conflicts,\" he said, between \"what universities feel is civilized behavior and free speech that they feel we must protect. I think we still haven\'t sorted it out yet.\"
In 1982, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court limited public school officials\' authority to remove books they find offensive from school libraries.
\"There\'s always going to be censorship,\" said Steven Pico, who as a 17-year-old
junior at Island Trees High School became the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. \"That\'s
why there always needs to be people to resist the pressure.\"
From Newsday, someone has written an article about the famous book ban of \'76 that resulted in a Supreme Court decision limiting the authority of school officials to ban material on the basis that they find it personally offensive. more...
stuart yeates writes \"
The BBC is carrying a story about how ``information about hazardous chemicals\'\' is being pulled from websites in the name of national security. There appears to be very little assessment of whether this censorship could be counterproductive, in that it lowers the threat visability and thus preparedness. It also fails to mention that many of the pages are cached on Google\" and similar engines.
The Associated Press reports that Duval County School District has decided to require a permission slip signed by a parent before any student can check out Harry Potter books. But that\'s not the end of this story... -- Read More