Latest Censorship News

Solomon Islands takes tighter control over state broadcaster

Aug. 04, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The government of the Solomon Islands has taken tighter control over the nation's state-owned broadcaster — a move that opponents say is squarely aimed at controlling and censoring the news. The government said Friday that the Solomon Islands...

Michigan library's future uncertain over LGBTQ material flap

Aug. 04, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan library faced an uncertain future Thursday after a flap over LGBTQ material on its shelves led to the failure of the renewal of a property tax millage that funds most of its budget. The Patmos Library in Jamestown Township outside...

New York prisons lift ban on book about Attica uprising

Aug. 02, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities have lifted a ban that had stopped state prison inmates from reading a book about the 1971 Attica Correctional Facility uprising following a First Amendment lawsuit brought by its author. State officials, however, said they will continue to...

Tulsa Public Schools removes graphic books from library

Jul. 28, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials at Tulsa Public Schools said Thursday they removed two sexually graphic books from school libraries following criticism from several elected leaders amid a renewed conservative interest in public education as a political issue. “When we were made...

Governments ramp up demands for user info, Twitter warns

Jul. 28, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter warned Thursday that governments around the globe are asking the company to remove content or snoop on private details of user accounts at an alarming rate. The social media company revealed in a new report that it fielded a record number of legal demands...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Court upholds Arizona prison ban on sexual, explicit content

Jul. 09, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A three-member U.S. appeals court panel has sided with Arizona prison officials' ban on sexually explicit material for inmates, denying a prison journal's claims of First Amendment violations. The 9th Circuit panel in San Francisco issued an opinion Friday mostly...

Reports: Twitter challenges India order to block content

Jul. 05, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twitter on Tuesday challenged the Indian government in court over its recent orders to take down some content on the social media platform, media outlets reported. The lawsuit was filed in the Karnataka High Court in southern Bengaluru city and comes after the...

Turkey blocks access to Deutsche Welle and Voice of America

Jul. 01, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s media watchdog has banned access to the Turkish services of U.S. public service broadcaster Voice of America and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, prompting complaints of censorship. The Supreme Board of Radio and Television enforced a February warning...

Bills limiting LGBTQ instruction, trans athletes pass Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday that Republicans say will restrict sexually explicit content and classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools, mirroring partisan fights playing out in statehouses...