Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Good news for a change

This is encouraging:
Challenges have gone up and down over the past few years, but overall have dropped by more than half since Banned Books Week was started. Judith Krug, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, cited a couple of possible factors for the decline: Librarians are better prepared to organize community support on behalf of a book, and would-be censors are focusing more on online content.

"There's only so much energy to spend on situations or concerns outside the home," Krug told The Associated Press during a recent interview. "A large majority of our challenges deal with what children are reading in schools and many adults are now so concerned about what's on the Internet that they have refocused."
On the other hand, you have to wonder when the witch hunt is going to move to the online world...

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