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Commentary: Is our U.S. censorship now the new pluralism?

February 22, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Pat Buchanan might have seen the end of the line coming at MSNBC when last month network president Phil Griffin commented on his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” by saying, “I don’t think the ideas that (Buchanan) put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.” Continue Reading

OBIT: Barney Rosset, 89, publisher and fearless First Amendment crusader

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Barney Rosset, the fiery and fearless publisher who introduced the country to countless political and avant-garde writers and risked prison and financial ruin to release such underground classics as “Tropic of Cancer” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” has died. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Legal issues abound as Twitter expands

February 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“As Twitter’s business ambitions grow along with its usage,” the editorial states, “it will increasingly face a fundamental decision in some countries: Does it operate more as a news media outlet or a communications company?” Continue Reading

Censors missed by a second blocking M.I.A. halftime gesture from largest audience for TV show ever

February 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Only a second stood between British singer M.I.A. giving the finger to 114 million people watching the Super Bowl halftime show and no one noticing at all. Continue Reading

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Twitter’s New Censorship Plan Rouses Global Furor

January 27, 2012 in WDAZ

NEW YORK (AP) Twitter, a tool of choice for dissidents and activists around the world, found itself the target of global outrage Friday after unveiling plans to allow country-specific censorship of tweets that might break local laws.
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Activists and bloggers around the world fear Twitter censorship

January 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Thursday’s announcement that Twitter had refined its technology to censor messages on a country-by-country basis raised fears that the company’s commitment to free speech may be weakening. Twitter is trying to broaden its audience and make more money by expanding around the globe. Continue Reading

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Some Bemidji beaver artists cloak their sculptures in show of solidarity with artist whose beaver was removed

July 5, 2010 in INFORUM

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The city manager’s decision to remove one of nine beaver statues placed throughout Bemidji because of complaints it looked pornographic sparked a holiday weekend fight. Continue Reading

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