Free Expression

23 Dec

New “Counterspeak” Episode to Drop January 8

The January episode of Counterspeak will feature a conversation with author David Kaye about his book Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.

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23 Dec
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Federal Judge Rules U.S. Government is Entitled to Edward Snowden’s Book Proceeds

 “Mr. Snowden preferred to risk his future royalties than to subject his experiences to improper government censorship,” said Brett Max Kaufman, a member of Snowden’s legal team.

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18 Dec
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Swedish Ambassador Charged Over Unauthorized Talks to Free Bookseller in Chinese Detention

The Swedish government has charged former ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt over unauthorized talks she initiated between Chinese men and the daughter of detained bookseller Gui Minhai.

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10 Dec
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Fourth Circuit Rules Against Maryland Online Speech Law

The law required media outlets with more than 100,000 unique monthly visitors to publish names and contact information for those who purchased online political advertisements.

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04 Dec

“Counterspeak” Podcast Celebrates First Anniversary

Throughout December, follow along with Counterspeak on Twitter and take a look back at past episodes.

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04 Dec
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this installment, author David Kirby talks about the status of free speech in America and about his book When They Come For You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties — and How to Take Them Back.

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20 Nov
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ABFE Signs Letter in Opposition to PATRIOT Act Extension

Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight told Bookselling This Week, “Reforming the PATRIOT Act is a critical priority, and one that Congress cannot shrug off even in challenging times.”

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19 Nov

December “Counterspeak” Episode to Feature Author David Kirby

When They Come for You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties — and How to Take Them Back explores how federal, state, and local governments have violated Americans’ fundamental constitutional rights.

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06 Nov
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ABFE Responds to Trump Administration Warning to Hachette

"We firmly support Hachette in publishing A Warning, written by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration. The right of someone to publish under a pseudonym or anonymously is crucial in any free and democratic society,” said David Grogan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

 
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23 Oct

ABFE Again Urges the CECC to Work to Release Bookseller in Chinese Detention

In its most recent letter, the American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the Congressional-Executive Commission on China for renewed assistance in liberating bookseller Gui Minhai and offered its help as the process moves forward.

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15 Oct
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Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2019

Banned Books Week served as an opportunity for booksellers to spread awareness about the dangers of censorship through both in-store visual depictions and social media campaigns.

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02 Oct
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

This installment features a wrap-up of Banned Books Week as well as an exploration of the impact big technology companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have on free speech.

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25 Sep
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ABFE Responds to DOJ Suit to Seize Proceeds From Snowden Memoir

The U.S. government seeks to recover all proceeds earned by Snowden because of his failure to submit his memoir, Permanent Record, for pre-publication review. 

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24 Sep

Indie Bookstores Mark Banned Books Week on Social Media

Indie booksellers are celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event that serves as an opportunity for advocates to explain why it is important to preserve everyone’s right to read and view what they want.

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17 Sep
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Special Banned Books Week “Counterspeak” Edition Drops September 19

During Banned Books Week, Penguin Random House will donate $1 to the American Booksellers for Free Expression for every book purchased and logged through the publisher’s Reader Rewards program.

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