Intellectual freedom is the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas it is a fundamental human right, enshrined in enduring international statements and instrumentsit is vital to a thriving democratic society and culture. It emerged that censorship suppress intellectual freedom due to political, moral and religious pressure in the name of creating a habitable intellectual climate though punishing though giving birth to the controversy. Philosophies on censorship socrates: he pleaded for intellectual freedom by asserting the supremacy of his conscience over the verdict of the jury and by maintaining that when he exercised freedom of inquiry he was a public benefactor -- that free discussion had a supreme public value. Freedom of thought is the precursor and progenitor of—and thus is closely linked to—other liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of expressionthough freedom of thought is axiomatic for many other freedoms they are in no way required for it to operate and exist.
Home blog topics advocacy/leadership being proactive about censorship and intellectual freedom being proactive about censorship and intellectual freedom by daniella smith on 10/27/2016 • ( 0) before i share the professional development for november, i want to write to you about some banned book information that i have been readingfor the past couple of weeks, i have been. Supporting intellectual freedom censorship, in this context, means not only the deletion or excision of parts of published materials, but also efforts to ban, prohibit, suppress, censorship in modern thought, censorship is an effort by a government, private organization, group, or. 10 continental thought & theory: a journal of intellectual freedom censorship and intellectual freedom: reflections 30 years after chernobyl and glasnost (1986-2016) importantly, such much needed research will be able to ascertain the value and the effectiveness of the academic commentary to the current critical edition of the book.
Censorship and freedom of speech capatilist vs communist theory on speech and press freedoms freedom of information, speech and the press is firmly rooted in the structures of modern western democratic thought. Is the freedom of an individual to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, independent of others' viewpoints and maintain opinions without interference the ability to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and to engage in scholarly, pursuits of one's own choosing unobstructed. Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction it provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored. Sweden was the first country to abolish censorship and introduce a law guaranteeing freedom of the press in 1766, then denmark-norway followed suit in 1770 today, the first amendment of the constitution of the united states (1787) guarantees freedom of speech and the press.
The article gives a brief description of intellectual freedom and censorship in order to set a foundation for looking into the library community's role in advocating for intellectual freedom and combating censorship focus is given to the unique challenges of school libraries in fulfilling the. The intellectual freedom blog is a tool sponsored by the office for intellectual freedom for use within ala membership and for outreach beyond oif lively commentary, opinion, and reaction to posts are welcome but may be moderated by oif staff. Intellectual freedom as the rights of library users to read, seek information, posed censorship, and challenged materials have been returned to the library shelves after decrees (kelsey, 2007) over the past 50 years, quite eas of interest and thought not covered by the prescribed curriculum [and. The word ancient emphasises the fact that intellectual freedom is a deep-rooted tradition without which our characteristic western culture could only doubtfully exist from that tradition many of our intellectuals are visibly turning away. Filed under just a thought and tagged ala advocacy, banned books, censorship, freedom of access, intellectual freedom, right to read, school library | leave a comment about avid reader words do not describe a person.
The american library association publishes the bimonthly newsletter on intellectual freedom, which provides information on censorship, as well as an annual annotated list of books and other materials that have been censored. The national coalition against censorship (ncac) wwwncacorg founded in 1974, ncac is an alliance of 51 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups, united in their support of freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression. Intellectual freedom and censorship in literature “restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions it is the one un-american act that could most easily defeat us. Ncac's mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms the intellectual freedom page with resources from the cooperative children's book center.
Intellectual freedom scope note: the absence of external coercion, censorship, or other forms of restrictive interference on the exercise of thought category: educational process: societal perspectives search collection using this descriptor broader terms freedom. Philosophical issues in censorship and intellectual freedom davidv ward abstract this article surveys a variety of philosophical arguments concerning censorship and intellectual freedom in relation to specific contemporary events the paper argues that deontological of intellectual freedom in general, are based on claims that people are. The handbook of intellectual freedom is a reference work that captures this recent growth in the field it provides a grounding in the philosophical, historical, and legal development of the concept of intellectual freedom by providing current thinking on a wide range of intellectual freedom concepts, cases, and controversies.
A few words about censorship vs the freedom of speech june 17, 1990 | randy lewis w ithout freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom, and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt and control the right of another:. Take time during banned books week to explain to children the history of censorship and intellectual freedom call attention to familiar and beloved titles, using them to start discussions with kids and their families. Overview of intellectual freedom and censorship intellectual freedom according to article 19 of united nations universal declaration of human rights is the right to freedom of thought and of. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society a publicly supported library provides free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people of its community.