26 Sep '14

News Censorship of books in US prisons and schools widespread report to UN

Free-speech organisations find US government is failing to protect the rights of its most vulnerable citizens as popular books including Shakespeare are banned from institutionsThere is widespread censorship of books in US prisons, according to a report submitted to a UN human rights review, which details the banning of works about artists from Botticelli to Van Gogh from Texan state prisons for containing sexually explicit images.The report from two free-speech organisations, the New York-based National Coalition Against Censorship and the Copenhagen-based Freemuse, to the United Nations (UN) Universal Periodic Review states that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) lists 11,851 titles banned from its facilities. These range from the ostensibly reasonable, such as How to Create a New Identity, Essential Throwing and Grappling Techniques, and Art & Design of Custom Fixed Blades, to what it describes as the telling, including Write it in Arabic, and the bizarre (Arrival of the Gods: Revealing the Alien Landing Sites at Nazca was banned for reasons of homosexuality). Continue reading...

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