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Digital Freedom Network (DFN)

Established in 1994 by Howard Jonas to expose and combat censorship and human rights abuses around the world, DFN attempts to "fulfill the promise of the Internet" by publishing banned and censored material. The core of the site is a collection of banned material from seventeen countries, arranged by region and frequently updated. Among the dissident authors featured at the DFN website are Bao Ge...
He who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe

In 1955, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas presented an exhibition compiled by librarian Robert Vosper on intellectual freedom and the banning of books. Demand for the exhibition catalog was so great that it was reprinted until over 20,000 copies had been distributed. Alexandra Mason and Richard Clement issued this electronic edition of the catalog to "continue the...
Banned Books Week

Next week is Banned Books Week, and the American Library Association (ALA) offers this site giving background on Banned Books Week and censorship as well as resources to help teachers, librarians, and booksellers observe the week. Once again, the Harry Potter series tops this year's list of most challenged books. At the ALA site, users will find the complete list as well as the most challenged...
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week for 2015 is celebrated September 27 - October 3, but in addition to the time sensitive events at this site from the American Library Association (ALA), there are plenty of year-round resources. The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) collects data from U.S. libraries, schools, and the news media on books that have been challenged in some way and uses this information to...
The Price of Suffering: William Pynchon and The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption

In mid-seventeenth century Boston, Puritan authorities summoned the town's executioner to burn copies of William Pynchon's The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, a text they deemed "derogatory, erroneous, unsound, and heretical." Today, the slim quarto book (just 158 pages in length), authored by an early ancestor of Thomas Pynchon, is often considered to be one of the first books banned in the...
I Read Banned Books

Jen Bigheart in the Public Relations director for Westbank Community Libraries of Austin, Texas who is also involved in the Texas Teen Book Festival and a co-founder of the group Literary Lonestars. On her blog I Read Banned Books, Bigheart reviews a number of Young Adult and middle grade fiction titles with an eye toward intellectual freedom. Books are tagged by title, author, and topics for easy...
We Need Diverse Books

We dedicated our Fall 2017 special issue of The Scout Report to the topic of banned and challenged books, in honor of the American Library Association's 35th annual Banned Books Week. Our special issue was a reader favorite on social media and no website was more popular than the fabulous blog We Need Diverse Books. Why did we feature this resource in our Banned Books Week issue? As writer Malinda...