• Myanmar goverment abolishes direct media censorship after 50 years.
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: Myanmar government announces it is to end direct media censorship; writer Patrick Ness on censorship in the internet age; World Writers’ Conference issues statement condemning Arizona book ban. Also, news from India, Syria, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia.

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  • Feature: Book Smugglers in the United States
    Book Smugglers in the United States

    An account of the Librotraficante caravan, a book smuggling mission carrying banned literature into Arizona. Led by writer Tony Diaz, the caravan is a response to Tucson Unified School District’s decision to eliminate its Mexican-American Studies program.

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    “El Libro-Traficante” Tony Diaz Defies Ethnic Studies Book Ban

    Self-described book smuggler Tony Diaz, nicknamed “El Libro-Traficante”, is set to launch a small caravan to bring carloads of controversial books into Arizona that were recently banned by public school officials in Tucson after the city suspended its acclaimed Mexican-American Studies program due to a state ban on the teaching of ethnic studies.

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