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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

South Park, games company swept up in China censorship fury

TV show South Park and a major video game studio are the latest businesses swept into a growing debate over how to navigate China’s censorship efforts.


Russian newspapers show solidarity with detained journalist

In a show of rare solidarity, Russia’s three major newspapers on Monday put out nearly identical front pages to support a detained journalist.


‘A monopoly on information’: Russia closes grip on internet

Russian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship.


Rights groups to Google: No censored search in China

More than a dozen human rights groups are urging Google not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the …


Egypt censors play ‘Before the Revolution,’ director appeals

Egypt’s state censors prohibited the performance of a play just hours before its Sunday premiere in Cairo, the latest episode in authorities’ unrelenting crackdown on free speech.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018

U.S. sets record for censoring, withholding government files

The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according …


Spin Control: Clash possible over new ‘no concealed guns in Senate Gallery’ rule

Some possible issues ahead for 2018 Legislature: gun rights in the Senate Gallery, censorship of social media, better training against sexual harassment.


China compiles its own Wikipedia, but public can’t edit it

It’ll be free. It’ll be uniquely Chinese. It’ll be an online encyclopedia to rival Wikipedia – but without the participation of the public. And don’t expect entries on “Tiananmen Square …


It’s now illegal in Russia to share an image of Putin as a gay clown

Russia has banned a picture depicting President Vladimir Putin as a potentially gay clown.


Civil discourse across the political divide

We could scream at each other, or we could walk away from meaningful discourse, or you could cancel your subscription. I love that we have the luxury of options and …


Pulling ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ off daycare bookshelves would be a state-sponsored mistake says free-speech group

A national free-speech group has asked a Washington state day care subsidy program to revise a standard which it says limits the use of frightening books and could keep day …


100 years ago in Spokane: Censorship battle over racist film heats up

From our archives, 100 years ago The censorship battle over the D.W. Griffith film, “The Birth of a Nation,” was now being fought in court. The Auditorium Theatre manager filed …


100 years ago in Spokane: War readiness and censorship

100 years ago, three National Guard companies in Spokane were mobilized and readied for war. Not for the war in Europe, which had been raging for two years. Instead, they …


100 years ago in Spokane: For a good road trip, look no farther than Spokane County, columnist says

From our archives, 100 years ago An anonymous columnist in the Auto section of the paper made a bold prediction: “About 200 years from now, this Northwest lake country will …


100 years ago in Spokane: City to consider banning ‘The Birth of a Nation’ under new censorship law

From our archives, 100 years ago The “race prejudice” clause in the city’s new censorship ordinance was about to get its first test.


100 years ago in Spokane: Drug store owner accused of bootlegging

From our archives, 100 years ago The Pacific Drug Store was the site of the largest booze bust in Spokane since the beginning of prohibition.


100 years ago in Spokane: City official proposes job to censor movies and other shows

From our archives, 100 years ago City Commissioner F.K. McBroom submitted an ordinance to create the office of a city official censor.


100 years ago in Spokane: Movie theater owners promise to avoid “immoral pictures”

Spokane’s movie theater owners held a meeting with city commissioner F.K. McBroom in an attempt to head off a threatened moving picture censorship ordinance.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s former mayor, W.J. Hindley, was in Spokane for the Manitoba Censorship Board.


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago Orrin G. Cocks, the nation’s “official censor of public entertainment,” was planning a trip to Spokane to meet with local “picture theater men.”


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane Mayor W.J. Hindley, who also served as the city’s theatrical censor, said he believed that the specialty act of Billie McDermott and Hester …


Doug Clark: We BOOBs say naughty novels don’t belong in high school hands

Ban Overly Offensive Books, the right-minded organization that was founded in this space almost 20 years ago, would like to shout a hearty “Amen!” to the brave trustees of Idaho’s …


Google balances censorship issues

SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc. didn’t stop wrangling with censorship when the company moved its search engine out of mainland China to shed its restraints on what can be shown …


CdA School Board approves 26 books

Reversing a split vote, the Coeur d’Alene School Board on Monday unanimously approved the Aldous Huxley classic “Brave New World” as required reading for seniors, along with 25 other novels …


Books have schools in a bind

Margie Wise’s son did not enjoy reading until his senior year at Coeur d’Alene High School, when he took a literature class that engrossed him in conversation about books like …


Complaint Brings Ban On Book ‘Rainbow Jordan’ Deemed ‘Too Mature’ For Middle School

Spokane school administrators banned a book from middle schools Tuesday after deciding the story about a prostitute’s daughter is “too mature.” English teachers have used the book, called “Rainbow Jordan,” …


Latest Technology Will Target Pedophiles Parent Can Use Tip Line To Report Suspicious Activity

FBI Director Louis Freeh will testify on a program for policing the porn Internet. Photo by Associated Press


Bible May Be Scrutinzed For Sex, Violence School Panel Wants Same Standards Applied To Bible As Other Books

The Bible should undergo the same scrutiny given the recently banned school book “American Indian Myths and Legends,” according to the Anchorage School District’s Controversial Issues Review Committee. The group …


A False Sense Of Security Is Dangerous

The wild grasses skirting El Dorado Hills are green in springtime, lending the community a pastoral feel. By summer, however, the harsh Valley sun scorches entire hillsides, although residents prefer …


Kids’ Fable Survives Protest Liza Lou’s Message Demonic, District 81 Parents Claim

Liza Lou lives on in Spokane school libraries despite an outcry from some parents who say the girl’s story is demonic. District 81 officials decided against banning “Liza Lou and …