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04 Jan

ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

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23 Jun

Judge Denies Trump Administration’s Request to Halt Publication of Bolton Book

Following Judge Royce Lamberth’s ruling, Bolton’s book was published on Tuesday, June 23. Prior to that, more than 200,000 copies of the memoir had already been circulated. 

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10 Jun

ABFE Signs Statement Supporting Free Press in a Time of Crisis

“It is important to recognize the courage of the journalists who are under attack as they cover the national protest against police violence and racial inequality,” the letter states.

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03 Jun
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Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

The executive order came two days after Twitter placed fact-checks on two of Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots.

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27 May

Alaska School Board Votes to Rescind Book Removal

The board meeting drew members of the community protesting outside and holding signs saying, “I read banned books.”

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13 May
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Privacy and Free Speech During COVID-19

Government attempts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and public fears stemming from COVID-19 have the potential to impact privacy rights. 

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06 May

Free Speech Groups Condemn Alaska School Board’s Book Ban

The National Coalition Against Censorship called the school board’s decision “educationally misguided, disrespectful of teachers’ educational competence, and legally questionable.”

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21 Apr

2020 Banned Books Week Theme Announced

Banned Books Week, which promotes the right to read, will be held September 27–October 3 and feature the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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21 Apr

ABFE Responds to Raleigh Police Tweet That Protest Is Non-Essential Activity

More than 30 groups condemned an April 14 tweet posted by the Raleigh, North Carolina, police department that declared: “Protesting is a non-essential activity.”

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11 Mar
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ABFE Free Speech Report: Court Decisions, Coronavirus, Library Censorship Laws

Here’s a look at notable free speech news and the American Booksellers for Free Expression’s recent efforts.

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10 Mar

ABFE Issues Statement on Hachette Decision to Cancel Woody Allen Memoir

The move follows public protest about the acquisition of the title because of the allegations that Allen molested his daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a child. 

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04 Mar

ABFE Calls on U.S. State Department to Demand China Release Bookseller Gui Minhai

The letter comes as Gui, a Chinese-born Swedish national, was sentenced to 10 years in Chinese jail on February 24. 

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04 Mar
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New “Counterspeak” Premieres on YouTube Tonight

Guest Patrick Eddington is trying to determine the extent to which FBI domestic surveillance is collecting national security or intelligence records on such domestic organizations as media outlets, organizations dedicated to the Bill of Rights, and immigration policy groups.

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26 Feb

Bookseller Gui Minhai Sentenced to 10 Years in Chinese Jail

The court charged Gui with “illegally providing intelligence” overseas. According to the court, Gui pleaded guilty and will not appeal the sentence.

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19 Feb
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“Counterspeak” Podcast Now on YouTube

Each month, Counterspeak features interviews with experts on the First Amendment and free speech, as well as discussions on relevant current events. 

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