Free Expression

13 May
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Privacy and Free Speech During COVID-19

Government attempts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and public fears stemming from COVID-19 have the potential to impact privacy rights. 

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06 May

Free Speech Groups Condemn Alaska School Board’s Book Ban

The National Coalition Against Censorship called the school board’s decision “educationally misguided, disrespectful of teachers’ educational competence, and legally questionable.”

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21 Apr

2020 Banned Books Week Theme Announced

Banned Books Week, which promotes the right to read, will be held September 27–October 3 and feature the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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21 Apr

ABFE Responds to Raleigh Police Tweet That Protest Is Non-Essential Activity

More than 30 groups condemned an April 14 tweet posted by the Raleigh, North Carolina, police department that declared: “Protesting is a non-essential activity.”

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11 Mar
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ABFE Free Speech Report: Court Decisions, Coronavirus, Library Censorship Laws

Here’s a look at notable free speech news and the American Booksellers for Free Expression’s recent efforts.

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10 Mar

ABFE Issues Statement on Hachette Decision to Cancel Woody Allen Memoir

The move follows public protest about the acquisition of the title because of the allegations that Allen molested his daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a child. 

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04 Mar

ABFE Calls on U.S. State Department to Demand China Release Bookseller Gui Minhai

The letter comes as Gui, a Chinese-born Swedish national, was sentenced to 10 years in Chinese jail on February 24. 

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04 Mar
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New “Counterspeak” Premieres on YouTube Tonight

Guest Patrick Eddington is trying to determine the extent to which FBI domestic surveillance is collecting national security or intelligence records on such domestic organizations as media outlets, organizations dedicated to the Bill of Rights, and immigration policy groups.

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26 Feb

Bookseller Gui Minhai Sentenced to 10 Years in Chinese Jail

The court charged Gui with “illegally providing intelligence” overseas. According to the court, Gui pleaded guilty and will not appeal the sentence.

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19 Feb
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“Counterspeak” Podcast Now on YouTube

Each month, Counterspeak features interviews with experts on the First Amendment and free speech, as well as discussions on relevant current events. 

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05 Feb

American Booksellers for Free Expression Comments on “American Dirt”

ABFE believes that the conversations about American Dirt are not only protected by the First Amendment, but that they are essential in a society founded on democratic ideals.

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05 Feb

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this month’s installment, ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard talks with Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society.

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05 Feb

ABFE Joins 10 Organizations in Opposing Missouri Library Censorship Bill

The act requires the creation of a parental library review board tasked with identifying and restricting sexual material considered age-inappropriate for children.

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04 Feb

White House Pushes Back Against Publication of John Bolton’s Book

The National Security Council says the book cannot be published until the “significant amounts of classified information,” including some at the “top secret level,” are removed.

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08 Jan
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this episode, ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard speaks with author David Kaye about his book Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.

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