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Supreme Court blocks Texas social media censorship law

A divided Supreme Court blocked a Texas social media censorship law that would prevent companies like Facebook and Twitter from banning users, a move industry groups warned could force sites to disseminate harmful speech. ... Read more»

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Freedom of speech is under attack in public schools, U.S. House panel told

Students and teachers told U.S. House members during a Thursday hearing that their right to talk about race and LGBTQ+ issues in public schools is being silenced due to an onslaught of new state laws as well as pressure on school boards from right-wing advocates.... Read more»

Arizona Senate committee advances bill targeting 'sexually explicit' materials in schools

An Arizona Senate committee approved a bill that would prohibit public schools from referring "sexually explicit" material to children without the consent of parents, despite objections that the legislation could prevent classical texts and other enhancing forms of literature from being taught. ... Read more»

Az Senate Republicans advance bills to increase scrutiny of school library books, access to classrooms

Schools would be required to publicly post every new book bought for their libraries, have elected governing board members approve all new book purchases and let parents know every book their child checks out under a proposal Senate Republicans advanced Tuesday.... Read more»

Arizona Republicans kill off bill requiring all devices to have porn filters

A Republican bill that would have held companies criminally liable for selling any computer, smartphone or tablet in Arizona without a filter to block children from accessing “harmful content” was rejected by a legislative committee Wednesday morning. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Anti-LGBTQ 'hatred bills' are dangerous to Arizonans — and bad for business

Homophobic bills advanced this session by Arizona lawmakers are descendants of a shameful Arizona legacy and a decrepit conservative agenda out of step with the nation - in fact, not even representative of the mainstream GOP.... Read more»

Arizona House Republicans pass bill to prohibit sexually explicit materials in schools

The Republican-controlled House passed a measure Thursday that would ban sexually explicit materials in K-12 classrooms across the state.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Unable to cope with 70 years of progress, Republicans want to return Arizona to the 1950s

Arizona Republicans are wistful for days gone past, and they’re determined to do everything they can to catapult the state backwards in pursuit of winding back the clock. ... Read more»

Republicans advance bill banning descriptions of sex, homosexuality in Arizona schools

Republicans backed a bill that would ban books like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “1984” and “The Great Gatsby” from Arizona schools because they contain frank descriptions of sex and sexuality - that critics say would effectively make it illegal to teach about homosexuality.... Read more»1

Court says Arizona inmate can sue over confiscation of music, religious texts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that an Arizona inmate’s lawsuit can proceed against corrections officials who confiscated his hip-hop CDs and Nation of Islam books as banned materials. ... Read more»

Librarians decry GOP moves to ban books in schools

Free-speech organizations, including state and national library associations, describe the GOP’s push in at least 30 states to rid school libraries of books they denounce as inappropriate or even pornographic as the biggest such assault in decades. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Which books do conservatives want to use as kindling?

In recent months, a growing number of school boards in red states have been calling for the removal of literature from library and classroom shelves - here's some of the provocateurs of prose up for conservative kindling, and a range of grievances.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Solutions to 'fake news' could easily be worse than the problem

Efforts to fix what people are sharing will only sow resentment and recriminations about the Lame Stream Something or Other and drive more people away from fact-based reporting and to hypothesis-spreading articles.... Read more»

Lawmakers trade ‘hate,’ ‘censorship’ barbs in ‘illegal alien’ debate

The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred “noncitizen.”... Read more»

Narcocorridos

Politicos crack down on Mexico's gangster ballads

As Mexico's elections near, politicos are tightening the squeeze on "narcocorridos," the country’s popular odes to drug cartel kingpins.... Read more»

SOPA: Has the Internet won?

Internet activists may have won this round in the battle over SOPA. But the fight ain't over yet.... Read more»2

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