Posts tagged "censorship"

The Bullet That Doesn’t Hit You

By Maurice Chammah Nasser had...wanted the state to protect journalists from the market, but could that be done without making them slaves of the state?

Taking Gaga Off the Lebanese Shelves

Ashley Baxstrom: Not even a celebrity shout-out is enough to satisfy some. The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that Lady Gaga’s latest album Born This Way has been unofficially banned in Lebanon on the grounds that it may be “offensive to religion” in general and Christians in particular. The office of censorship said it had collected CDs...

Masking Huck’s Lesson

A new version of Huckleberry Finn has been issued; throughout, nigger is replaced with slave.  From The Autobiography of Mark Twain, posted at Newsweek:
“Do you banish all books that are likely to defile young morals, or do you stop with Huck?” “We do not discriminate; we banish all that are hurtful to young...

Merry F—ing Xmas

Abby Ohlheiser: Depending on your perspective, The National Portrait Gallery has either ruined Christmas or World AIDS Day (December 1) this year. On Wednesday, the institution caved in to “hours” of political pressure from conservative politicians and the Catholic League and removed a 4-minute excerpt of David Wojnarowotz's piece, “Fire in my Belly” from its current exhibition...

It’s Not Unusual to Be Offended by Anyone…

Death-threat recipient and author, Salman Rushdie, comes out strongly against Tony Blair’s proposed ban on inciting religious hatred, and not just for the reasons one might think. For one, Rushdie begins, because it will make England more like the American senator he met who despised Osama bin Laden first and foremost for referring to Americans as...