Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

News from IFEX

It is difficult to keep up with all the stories of censorship and the banning of literature around the world, which in itself is rather depressing. What I offer here is only the tip of the iceberg. There are organizations which provide more comprehensive coverage than I can possibly do with this modest blog. One of the most notable is the International Freedom of Expression eXchange, IFEX, which is a clearing house for reports from various human rights groups around the world. Here are some stories from its website just for today:

- Nepal: "Journalists flee workplaces following threats, various journalists attacked, two issued death threats as social agitation continues; FNJ denounces indifference of authorities.."

- Côte d'Ivoire - "Newspaper journalist held for five days by Abidjan gendarmes.."

- Thailand: "Newspaper office hit by two small bombs.."

- Sri Lanka: "Internet access and 8,000 telephone lines blocked in Jaffna Peninsula.."

- Colombia: "Newspaper in Barranquilla forbidden to report on case of alleged municipal corruption and paramilitary ties.."

- Peru: "Mayor's assistant threatens to kill journalist and his family for critical reporting on city's administration.."

Finally, there is the arrest of the Uzbekistan human rights activist, which I discuss in more detail in the entry below.

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