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Banned Books Week highlights books that have been challenged or permanently removed from library shelves. 'Shelves' via www.shutterstock.com

How do libraries get away with banning books?

While legal precedent makes banning books difficult, it still happens.
Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy is jailed for three years in Egypt. EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

This is a hellish time to be a journalist

The news that two British journalists and their unnamed Iraqi colleague were arrested and charged by the Turkish authorities [though released following publication of this article] for “engaging in terror…
Proposals by the Film and Publications Board to monitor online activities may be much more difficult to implement than envisaged. shutterstock

Censorship of online content: paternalism versus parental guidance

Censorship may not be the answer, but there needs to be acknowledgement of the challenges involved in the disruption of media that the internet is wreaking across the planet and in people's homes.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shows little sign of listening to growing public opposition to his military junta’s authoritarian rule. EPA

A year on, coup leaders rule with disdain for Thais and democracy

A year ago, a military coup toppled Thailand's elected government. The junta promised elections once a new constitution is adopted, but its authoritarian rule betrays a hostility to real democracy.

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