Banned books and other forms of censorship

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

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Refocusing my efforts

I regret to announce that I am taking an extended leave of absence from this blog, Banned Books and Other Forms of Censorship, in order to focus my efforts on my other blog, Vietnam Human Rights Journal. My reason for doing so is that, just as my blogging is voluntary work done on my free time, so is my work for Amnesty International USA as its Vietnam country specialist. Given that I have a limited amount of free time, and given that Vietnam is in the midst of a major crackdown on dissidents, I believe it is important now for me to focus my blogging on Vietnam. I will still be writing about book banning and other forms of censorship, but just focused on Vietnam.

I had thought about retiring this blog altogether, but do not have the heart to do so. The topic is important, and unfortunately there are many ongoing cases today of book banning and other forms of censorship all over the world. The links I provide here for the most part do a good job in documenting such repression, particularly David Durant's Heretical Librarian and Elaine Anderson's Fahrenheit 451.

I may come back here on an irregular basis, perhaps every few months, to post something of importance. Perhaps at some point in the future I will resume posting here regularly. But for now those interested in reading what I write on the topic of censorship should visit my other blog, Vietnam Human Rights Journal.

My thanks go out to those who have encouraged me in my writings and who have linked me to their blogs.

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