Banned Books Week highlights censorship vs freedom of the press in modern literature

Banned Books Week highlights censorship

Banned Books Week highlights censorship of modern literature

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and others, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information, free speech and modern literature. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution says that Congress will pass no law abridging freedom of the press, speech, religion, assembly or ability to petition the government. However, all over the country, organizations try to ban the purchase of or access to certain books. This year’s event, which takes place from September 22—28, promotes awareness on these attempts at censorship of modern literature.

Why Banned Books Week?

For decades, public schools, universities, public libraries, state and local governments, school boards, parents and bookstores have tried to ban and censor books. Read more

Banned Books Week 2011 focuses on sex and drugs

This week marks the 30th installment of Banned Books Week when the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read, the importance of the First Amendment, and highlights cases of censorship in schools and libraries across the United States. Read more