Latest Censorship News

Turkish high court to review Wikipedia appeal against ban

Sep. 11, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Wednesday began considering an appeal by Wikipedia aiming to reverse the Turkish government's more than two-year ban on the online encyclopedia. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing it of being part of a "smear campaign" against Turkey, after the...

Brazil court overrules Rio mayor on gay kiss book ban

Sep. 8, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has blocked efforts by Rio de Janeiro's conservative mayor to have a book fair remove a comic book showing two men kissing. Mayor Marcelo Crivella had ordered the Bienale to remove the "Avengers" comic that included the kiss, saying he was acting to...

Parents complained of priest who banned Harry Potter books

Sep. 6, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee priest who banned Harry Potter books from a Catholic school's library was accused by parents of causing their children psychological and spiritual harm. The Tennessean obtained a 2017 letter from 14 St. Edward Catholic School parents, urging the Nashville diocese to...

Correction: China-Xinjiang-Banished Textbooks story

Sep. 3, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In an Aug. 28 story about Uighur textbook editor Yalqun Rozi, The Associated Press reported incorrectly comments made by linguist Abduweli Ayup. Ayup said Rozi was able to publish sensitive books because of his ties with censorship officials, not that he was able to use those connections to...

Editorials from around Ohio

Sep. 3, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: ___ Gabbard's lawsuit puts Google on the spot Toledo Blade Sept. 3 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has renewed the debate surrounding the outsized influence of tech companies in American politics with her lawsuit against...

China criticizes Australian move to close language schools

Aug. 23, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized a decision by the government of Australia's New South Wales state to close Chinese-sponsored language programs in more than a dozen public schools over political concerns. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the 13 Confucius Institute programs operating in...

Kansas launches prison book policy, strikes banned book list

Aug. 22, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The new Kansas corrections chief has abolished a list of 7,000 books banned from state prisons and adopted a policy that allows for the review and appeal of confiscated publications. Jeff Zmuda became the acting secretary of the state Department of Corrections last month. His policy,...

Iranians manage to surf the web despite tide of censorship

Jul. 26, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Before Nazilla Akbari can check out the latest offerings on Twitter or YouTube, she scrolls through an array of icons on her smartphone, searching for the right workaround to bypass state censors. It's a cat-and-mouse game that has become second nature in Iran, where the clerically-led...

Lebanese rock band takes center stage in freedoms debate

Jul. 24, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world is once again at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression — this time over a planned concert in its hometown in Lebanon. Church leaders and conservative...

Tofurky: Arkansas meat-labeling law unconstitutional

Jul. 22, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tofurky Co., which produces plant-based alternatives to meat, filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday claiming an Arkansas law that bans the use of "meat" in the labeling of its products violates free speech rights. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Oregon-based company...