“Forbidden Bookshelf” Series Acquaints Public With Books Vanished by Government or Powerful Interests

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 10:59 am

A digital publisher called Open Road Integrated Media has launched a series called the “Forbidden Bookshelf,” in order to acquaint the public with books that were vanished or policed by the government or corporate entities when they were first released.

 

Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 6:00 pm

Are Turkey’s notorious attempts to limit freedom of expression on the Internet adopting yet another powerful tool? This is the question that comes to mind when reading the news of the Swedish digital security company NetClean’s possible deal with the Turkish government. It was announced on a pro-government media outlet, Daily Sabah, that the government is to purchase the software for €40 million in order to combat “unwanted content” in the digital public space. As usual, the excuse given to cover the censorship is “child pornography.”

Since last year’s Gezi Park protests and protesters’ intensive use of social-media tools to organize and regroup, Turkey’s government has been taking steps – including a full ban – to discourage millions from using social media to spread political dissent and criticism of government policies.

Metropolitan Opera Censors Masterpiece by Renowned Composer John Adams

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 6:10 pm

Every serious list of America’s greatest living composers has neo-Romantic post-Minimalist composer John Adams at or near the top. His 2002 commemoration to victims of September 11th, 2001, On the Transmigration of Souls, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition. He has won five Grammies for recordings of his work. His most important orchestral works, Short Ride on a Fast Machine, Harmonielehre, The Chairman Dances and Tromba Lontana are performed on a weekly basis all around the planet by the world’s top orchestras. His three full-scale operas and four other opera-like works are regarded as the most significant contribution to that genre by any American.

US Military Censors Images of Soldiers Recorded by Miami Herald

By: Monday April 28, 2014 3:08 pm

A video posted to YouTube by the Miami Herald shows how the United States military is now imposing a greater regime of censorship on the press, who are credentialed to cover the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Since 2002, reporters from the media organization had been reporting on the facility. Rarely has it been easy to do reporting, but, when four senior journalists for the Herald traveled to Guantanamo in March to shoot video “with a staff videographer for the first time,” the Herald “encountered censorship of the sort” that they had “never experienced.”

The Turkish Way of Avoiding Censorship

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 7:07 pm

rime Minister Erdoğan, in his weekly address to his group in Parliament, defended the bills expanding censorship and surveillance by referring to the recently released tapes of phone conversations that revealed corruption at extreme levels.

Turkey: Internet Censorship Is on the Decline? Not a Chance!

By: Monday February 3, 2014 6:30 pm

In order to increase censorship and surveillance online,  the Turkish government is proposing changes to Law No. 5651, otherwise known as the “Code of Publications on the Internet and Suppression of Crimes Committed by means of Such Publications.”

Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer Addresses Why Certain Books Are Banned at the Facility

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:32 pm

It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well.

YouTube Blocks, Unblocks, Kirk Cameron’s New Trailer (Also, Bananas)

By: Friday July 19, 2013 6:00 pm

Kirk Cameron’s new movie Unstoppable almost failed to live up to its name. The evangelical film producer and brother to DJ Tanner took to Facebook yesterday morning to protest supposed attempts made by Facebook and YouTube to “censor his film”.

Former NSC Spokesman: ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover ‘Could Make Kids Feel Like Terrorism Is Cool’

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 7:20 am

Most news organizations spent yesterday giving significant attention to the latest cover of an issue of the Rolling Stone featuring a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man on trial for his involvement in the Boston bombing. The controversy did not merit the kind of attention it received, although the decision by CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Kmart to not allow the issue to be sold in the stores may because it is an act of censorship.

However, to the extent that individuals with histories in government, especially the administration of President Barack Obama, are going on cable news networks to make hysterical claims about what they think the cover might do, that is worthy of comment.

Defense Acquisition University Blocks Access to Washington Post to Prevent Exposure to Snowden’s Leaks

By: Friday July 12, 2013 5:04 pm

A military defense university established by Congress has instituted a block on its computer or information systems of the Washington Post to prevent those training and working at the university from being exposed to “classified material being released.”

The “classified material” is the information disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that continues to be published by The Guardian and covered widely by press organizations from around the world.

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