The ability to freely express one's knowledge, interpretations and opinions is a human right under the United Nations's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is protected by many national and international laws. Nevertheless governments, corporations, unofficial groups and powerful individuals sometime impose explicit or implicit forms of censorship, or create conditions in which people perform self-censorship for their own safety and well-being. This page will help you find resources on these complex and urgent subjects.
NOTE: Many resources on freedom of speech and censorship will be found at the Law Library.
The foremost US organization concerned with privacy, freedom of the press, freedom of information, and other rights.
An online exhibit at the University of Kansas, presenting KU librarian Robert Vosper's exhibit and catalog on censorship, created in the face of McCarthy-era attacks on free speech.
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"The news that didn't make the news--and why" or "The top 25 censored stories."
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation was created to defend our rights to think, speak, and share our ideas, thoughts, and needs using new technologies, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web."
The encyclopedia of censorship. Jonathon Green and Nicholas J. Karolides. New York: Facts On File, 2005.
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Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. Edited by John R. Vile et al. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, c2009.
SML Reference, KF4770 .E53X 2009 (LC) Oversize
"IFEX runs the world’s most comprehensive free expression information service through its daily Alerts, weekly IFEX Communiqué newsletter, free expression headlines Digest and website."
Intellectual freedom manual. Compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. 7th ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006.
SML Reference, Z711.4 I57X 2006 (LC)
Literature suppressed on political grounds. Nicholas J. Karolides. New York, NY: Facts On File, Inc., c2011
Literature suppressed on religious grounds. Margaret Bald. New York: Facts On File, c2011.
"NCAC is an alliance of 50 national non-profit organizations that promotes and defends First Amendment values of freedom of thought, inquiry and expression, opposes restraints on open communication, and supports access to information."
The Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights. The site includes information on banned and burned books, and various advocacy committees of the ALA.
Press and speech freedoms in the world, from antiquity until 1998: a chronology. Compiled by Louis Edward Ingelhart. Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood Press, 1998.
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