• Unbridled Hatreds: Read in the Face of Ancient Hatreds
    Banned Books from Bahrain

    In March, the Press and Publications Directorate banned the following books from the Bahrain International Book Fair. Because of our commitment to freedom of expression, Sampsonia Way recommends these books to all those who speak Arabic.

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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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  • Hovhannes Ishkhanyan © Nazik Armenakyan, ArmeniaNow
    Armenia: Young Author Faces Military Censorship

    Hovhannes Ishkhanyan author of Demob Day, a literary work detailing life in the country’s army, could face possible fine or imprisonment for up to two or three years after an Armenian military prosecutor opened a case against him. His book has been removed from bookshelves.

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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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