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PEN Case Study: Salman Rushdie

One of the most famous cases in PEN’s history of campaigning for free expression was the case of Salman Rushdie.

The case raised a number of serious issues around free expression and religious freedom, issues which would become increasingly important in the decades to come. 443 more words

Censorship

TechCrunch: Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban

TechCrunch: Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban . “A shower of paper airplanes darted through the skies of Moscow and other towns in Russia today, as users answered the call of entrepreneur Pavel Durov to send the blank missives out of their windows at a pre-appointed time in support of Telegram, a messaging app he founded that was blocked last week by Russian regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) that uses a paper airplane icon. 27 more words

Tweaks & Updates

New Online: Unique Collection of Censored Japanese Books (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Unique Collection of Censored Japanese Books. “The Library’s Asian Division has digitized an archive comprising more than 1,000 marked-up copies of monographs and galley proofs censored by the Japanese government in the 1920s and 1930s. 25 more words

New Resources

Review of "All That Makes Life Bright" by Josi S. Kilpack

Kilpack, Josi. All That Makes Life Bright. Salt Lake: Shadow Mountain, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-62972-341-9. $15.99 USD. 

5 stars

Josi S. Kilpack has once again introduced me to a historical figure who somehow managed to pass me by, yet managed to make the story come to life and improve my understanding of them beyond the mere footnote it was before. 191 more words

Book Reviews

whoever controls the mass media controls the narrative

This sociological aphorism bears repeating: whoever controls the mass media controls the narrative on any and all topics, and thus controls the popular thought of the culture.  427 more words

Society