What’s up with censorship?

My own experiences with censorship – and especially censorship attacks from the academically affiliated – are put into perspective by the work of these two organizations,www.thefire.org here in the US, and http://www.indexoncensorship.org in Britain. Both report on and fight against instances of campus censorship from across the political spectrum.

What might once have shocked me, but after my own experiences comes as no surprise at all, is that censorship attempts are as likely to come from students and professors – the very people one might expect to be most invested in freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of the press – as from college and university administrations. 

The index on censorship’s tagline – The university: a safe place for safe ideas – seems chillingly on target.


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