Censorship News

Welcome to the censorship section on WritersWrite.com. Here you will find the latest news about censorship by governments and the banning of books and poetry. You can also find famous quotes about censorship on our censorship quotes page.

Writers Guild of America Supports Obama's Net Neutrality Proposal (2014-11-11): Writers Guild of America West came out in support of President Obama's defense of Net Neutrality which will stop cable companies from creating fast and slow lanes on the Web.

Cory Doctorow's YA Book Little Brother Banned in Florida School (2014-06-12): Cory Doctorow fights back after a principal cancels entire summer reading program so no one could read Little Brother.

PEN International Demands that Turkey Reinstate Twitter Access as a Civil Right (2014-03-23): PEN International slammed Turkey's banning of twitter. PEN says freedom of speech is a civil right and demands that access be reinstated.

E.L. Doctorow's Accepts the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (2013-11-26): E.L. Doctorow gave an interesting speech about the Internet and free speech as he accepted the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere Banned From New Mexico High School Reading List (2013-10-18): Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere has now been banned from Alamagordo High School's reading list after one mother decided it was too racy and disgusting for teens.

Major Websites Black Out to Protest SOPA and PIPA Internet Censorship Bills (2012-01-18): Many major websites have gone dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) which are currently pending in both houses of Congress.

ALA's Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010 (2011-05-10): The ALA recently released its list of the ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.

Chinese Censors to Screenwriters: No More Time Travel Plots (2011-04-12): The Chinese censors are at it again.

Norway Offers Reward for Information in Assassination Attempt Against Publisher (2010-11-27): The Norwegian government has offered 500,000 Krone ($71,581.

South Park Creators Issue Statement About Comedy Central Censorship (2010-04-22): South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker created a South Park episode which featured the Prophet Mohammed.

U.S. Writers Protest Imprisonment of Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo (2009-12-31): In New York today Edward Albee, E.

Children's Book About Gay Penguins Tops Banned Book List (2009-10-07): In 2008, the American Liberary Associated recorded 513 cases where books were targeted for censorship.

Terrorism and Censorship: An Interview With Peter Lance (2009-07-10): Peter Lance explains how U.S. District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald threatened to sue his publisher and stop publication of his 9/11 expose Triple Cross.

Salman Rushdie Criticizes Random House For Canceling Publication of The Jewel of Medina (2008-08-15): Sir Salman Rushdie has blasted his publisher Random House for canceling publication of The Jewel of Medina, the novel about the prophet Mohammad's child bride Aisha.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Latest Book Banned In Iran (2007-11-16): Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez's latest book has been banned in Iran after the censors found out that the name of the book had been changed to make it sound less racy.

Salman Rushdie Quiet In Face of Suicide Bombing Threats (2007-06-25): Sir Salman Rushdie hasn't said much after being recently knighted.

Omani Writers Get Organized (2006-12-26): Scholars and writers in Oman have formed a writers' group called the Omani Scholars and Writers Association.

Top Five Most Challenged Books in 2005 (2006-09-28): This week (September 23-30) is Banned Books Week.

Journalist Perihan Magden Acquitted of Charges of Criticizing Turkish Government (2006-08-01): Turkish journalist and writer Perihan Magden has been acquitted of charges under Article 301 of the Turkish consitution, which allows no criticism of the government or its policies.

Turkey Continues to Persecute Writers (2006-07-18): Turkey continues to persecute any writer who dares to write a history of the country that is in any way critical of the Turkish government or its previous actions.