Hong Kong schools told to remove books that might fall foul of the national security law

(6 Jul 2020)  From South China Morning Post: Beijing’s national security law tailor-made for the city, which took effect on June 30, targets acts of secession, subversion, terrorism as well as collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security, with life imprisonment the punishment for the most serious offences. The Education Bureau […]

July 10, 2020 - 2:49 pm

“The Uncensored Library”: the digital home of press freedom within a global computer game

Press freedom NGO, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), creates a loophole to overcome censorship by building a safe haven for press freedom. Where? Within one of the world’s most successful video games, Minecraft. (12 Mar 2020)  Minecraft is a favourite – one of the world’s most successful computer games, with more than 145 million active players […]

March 13, 2020 - 4:52 pm

Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

(9 Dec 2019) Staff at a public library in northwest China have set fire to “banned books” in front of the building, sparking anger online and drawing comparisons with the actions of a ruthless emperor during the Qin dynasty. According to a report on the county government website of Zhenyuan, Gansu province, the library did […]

December 13, 2019 - 8:52 pm

Fears over Singapore’s ‘fake news’ proposal

(25 Apr 2019)  Academics fear global reach of new Singaporean legislation could result in censorship of international academic journals. New Singaporean legislation that is set to ban “false information” online hosted anywhere in the world poses a “severe threat” to academic freedom across the globe, scholars have warned. Earlier this month, the country’s government introduced a […]

April 30, 2019 - 8:50 am

Database of 18,000 Retracted Scientific Papers Now Online

(13 November 2018) Some people like to characterize science as a religion. In this formulation, scientists are the modern equivalent of medieval theologians. They hand down precepts and dogmas that we take on faith, because there’s no way for laypeople to keep track of all the exciting study results flooding out of laboratories every day. But […]

November 13, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Porn industry opposes effort to censor library computers

(27 November 2017) Reacting to reports of out-in-the-open porn viewing, public sex, drug use and theft at city libraries, a pair of City Council leaders is proposing to tighten the rules at these sanctuaries for children, the elderly and book nerds. “I know that taxpayers in the city do not intend for their money to […]

November 29, 2017 - 10:15 am

Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive

Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India (9 August 2017) The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country. A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved. They list 2,650 websites […]

August 10, 2017 - 4:20 pm

China bans foreign firms from publishing directly online

(19 February 2016) The Chinese government  has issued new rules that ban any foreign-invested company from publishing anything online in China, effective next month. The directive by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which will come into effect on 10 March, states: “Sino-foreign joint ventures, Sino-foreign cooperative ventures and foreign business units shall not […]

February 21, 2016 - 8:27 am

British Library turns down Taliban archive because of UK terror laws

(28 August 2015) The British Library is refusing to store a collection of Taliban material because of UK anti-terrorism legislation. It took the decision not to store the archive, which has been compiled over the past three years, on legal advice. The library was told that it could be in breach of the law if […]

August 30, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Australia passes new law to stem the tide of eBook piracy

(23 June 2015) goodEreader reports that Australia has just passed a new law that would require internet service providers to block websites that show pirated material, such as eBooks. The websites are not up to the internet companies, instead publishers and rights holders have to make a case to the Federal government and demand sites […]

June 25, 2015 - 7:39 am

New State of America’s Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries

(12 April 2015, Chicago)  According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for […]

April 14, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Penguins again, in Singapore

(4 August 2014, Singapore)  The National Library Board (NLB) will keep separate the team that selects books for acquisition, and the team that reviews the books, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament recently as reported by The Straits Times. Dr. Yaacob was speaking in the aftermath of the National Library Board’s banning of three children’s […]

August 5, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Penguin couple banned in Singapore

(16 July 2014) Singapore’s National Library Board, NLB, has removed three books for children for not being ‘pro family’. Between them, the three titles – And Tango Makes Three, The White Swan Express and Who’s In My Family? feature two male penguins who hatch a penguin chick, and human would-be parents including a same sex couple […]

July 16, 2014 - 9:21 am

Government orders modification of Korean history textbooks

(29 November 2013)    The Korean education ministry said Friday it ordered publishers of seven out of the eight government-approved Korean history textbooks to revise a total of 41 instances of what it calls obscure and imbalanced descriptions of history, reports The Korea Herald. Publication of the books will be suspended if the order is not […]

November 30, 2013 - 9:44 am

Armed librarians fight the censors

(19 November 2013)  Swinburne University of Technology  Library has given us a reason to be in Melbourne in the coming weeks:  the 17th Japanese Film Festival. The library blog draws our attention to Library Wars, a blockbuster in which “The Library Defence Force is a team of trained and armed Librarians who risk their lives […]

November 19, 2013 - 10:25 am