Latest Censorship News

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Sep. 29, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. September 27, 2022. Editorial: Sports Reporters Down On Favre Stories about NFL legend Brett Favre and former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have been dismal in recent weeks as text messages and other revelations about misspent welfare money...

Theater community unites for special anti-censorship podcast

Sep. 21, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The theater community is banding together for a special podcast to combat censorship that features performances from plays and musicals under threat and appearances by Bryan Cranston, Raúl Esparza, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Richard Kind. The Dramatists Legal Defense...

China quarantine bus crash prompts outcry over 'zero COVID'

Sep. 20, 2022 06:50 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A nighttime bus crash that killed 27 people in southwest China this week has set off a storm of anger online over the harshness of the country's strict COVID-19 policies. The initial police report did not say who the passengers were and where they were going,...

No suspension for teacher who refused to censor student news

Sep. 18, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school officials have rescinded their suspension of a high school journalism advisor who had refused to censor a student's news article naming an unvaccinated campus librarian. The teacher, Adriana Chavira, was facing a suspension of three days...

Book ban efforts surging in 2022, library association says

Sep. 16, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year's totals, which were the highest in decades. “I've never seen anything like this,” says...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Sep. 14, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 11 The Washington Post on the Respect for Marriage Act The American public overwhelmingly supports marriage equality. More than 70 percent believe same-sex marriage should be legal,...

Mass firing at UAE newspaper raises question of censorship

Sep. 13, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The story about high fuel prices was safe, editors agreed, even under the strict press laws of the United Arab Emirates. Instead, it unleashed a firestorm at Al Roeya newspaper in Dubai. Within days, top editors were interrogated. Within weeks,...

Beijing taps into anti-West resentment to counter UN report

Sep. 02, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hours after yet another assessment by outside observers that China’s crackdown in its far-west Xinjiang region may constitute crimes against humanity, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stepped up to a podium to go on the offensive. “The so-called...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 29, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Congress didn’t exempt its...

Missouri to ban sexual images in school library books

Aug. 26, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Missouri law outlawing books with sexually explicit images from school libraries is about to take effect. Starting Sunday, it will be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail or a $2,000 fine for librarians and other educators to give...