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.

Vietnam Jails Human Rights Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (2016-10-11): The Vietnam government has arrested and jailed activist blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh for her story about the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.

Egypt Jails Female Poet Fatima Naoot for Insulting Islam (2016-01-27): Poet Fatima Naoot has been sentenced to jail for 3 years by an Egyptian court for insulting Islam.

Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman Step in as Table Hosts for PEN Gala (2015-05-04): Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, George Packer, Azar Nafisi and Alain Mabanckouand will step in as table hosts at the PEN Gala which will honor Charlie Hebdo.

Swedish Cartoonist Targeted in Copenhagen Terrorist Attack (2015-02-14): A gunman opened fire at a free speech event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Cartoonist Lars Vilks was the likely target of the attack which left one dead and three wounded.

British Court Strikes Down Ban on Sending Books to Prisoners (2015-01-24): The British high court has ruled that books must be struck from the list of items that cannot be sent to prisoners. Many authors campaigned for the ban to be overturned.

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.

Captain Underpants Author Speaks Out Against Banned Books (2014-09-24): Captain Underpants author Dave Pilkey tops the list of Banned Books for the second year in a row. He made a video about how to change the conversation.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Bans Swearing in Books (2014-05-07): Russian president Vladimir Putin has banned swearing in books.

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

American Library Association, ABFFE, and Tor Join Coalition to Stop NSA Surveillance Program (2013-06-13): A group of freedom of speech activists, journalists, publishers, internet companies and civil rights groups are demanding that Congress outlaw the NSA surveillance program

ALA Announces Top Ten Most Challenged Books for 2012 (2013-04-16): The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom has released a list of the most banned books in 2012.

Salman Rushdie Cancels Appearance at Jaipur Literary Festival Due to Assassination Threat (2012-01-21): Salman Rushdie canceled his trip to India due to an assassination threat.

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.

PEN American Center Denounces Secret Trials, Imprisonment of Two Chinese Dissident Writers (2011-12-28): PEN American Center angrily denounced the imprisonment of Chen Wei and Chen Xi, two Chinese writers who wrote digital essays critical of the Chinese government.

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.