BTW Articles

17 Feb

ABA Urges Hong Kong Leader to Help Missing Booksellers

ABA is urging the chief executive of Hong Kong to demand that Chinese authorities release five employees of a Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who are being held on the Chinese mainland.

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19 Jan

Protests Continue Over Disappearance of Hong Kong Booksellers

Protests over the disappearance of five employees of a Hong Kong publisher and its bookstore are continuing two weeks after the last of the men vanished.

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19 Jan

ABFE Session at Wi11 to Focus on Training to Meet Free Speech Threats

Tattered Cover General Manager Matt Miller will recreate the free speech training given to all new employees of the iconic Denver bookstore at a Winter Institute session on January 26.

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05 Jan

Northshire Bookstore Responds to Free Speech Threat

Northshire Bookstore owner Chris Morrow’s response to a customer who yelled at staff and threatened to put the store out of business for displaying an illustrated copy of American Qur’an has received widespread support.

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08 Jan

ABA Extremely Concerned Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

ABA issued a statement on January 7 expressing “extreme concern” over the fate of five employees of a Hong Kong publisher and its bookstore who have apparently been taken into custody by Chinese authorities and taken to the Chinese mainland.

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22 Dec

Court Hears Argument in Booksellers’ Challenge to Louisiana Age-Verification Law

Attorneys representing two New Orleans bookstores and ABA urged a federal judge to block enforcement of a new Louisiana law that requires website owners to verify that visitors to their sites are 18 or older before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed “harmful to minors” because of its sexual content.

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04 Nov

Booksellers Challenge Louisiana Age-Verification Law

ABA has joined two New Orleans bookstores in filing a legal challenge to a new Louisiana law that requires website owners to post a page where customers must indicate whether they are 18 or older before accessing material that is “harmful to minors” because of its sexual content.

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15 Oct

Survey Respondents Cheer Banned Books Week

Booksellers have always enthusiastically supported Banned Books Week, and respondents to a recent survey on this year’s event shared several reasons for their strong support, as well as ideas for future celebrations.

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24 Sep

Banned Books Week Announces Social Media Plans

There will be an explosion of activity on social media when Banned Books Week launches this Sunday, September 27. To help get the ball rolling, the event’s sponsors have announced several ways in which everyone can use the Internet to promote the freedom to read.

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10 Sep

Booksellers and Librarians File Brief in New NSA Case

The American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined the American Library Association and other library groups in urging a federal court to limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance of international electronic communications, including those relating to the purchase and use of books.

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