Resources on Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Many organizations campaign to end censorship and promote freedom of expression. The following organizations and sites are examples of valuable resources on censorship and freedom of expression.

Article 19 is a human rights organisation with a specific mandate and focus on the defence and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide.

Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) The overall objective of IFLA/FAIFE is to raise awareness of the essential correlation between the library concept and the values of intellectual freedom.

International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) runs the world’s most comprehensive free expression information service through its daily Alerts, weekly IFEX Communiqué newsletter, free expression headlines Digest and website.

FREEMUSE The World Forum on Music and Censorship is an independent international organisation which advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide.

Network of Concerned Historians (NCH) wants to provide a bridge between international human rights organizations campaigning for censored or persecuted historians (and others concerned with the past) and the global community of historians.

The American Library AssociationOffice for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the USA. It compiles lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools in the United States.

The File Room is a web-based censorship archive that was initiated as an artist's project by Muntadas and originally produced by Randolph Street Gallery (a non-profit artist run center in Chicago, IL, 1979-1998).

The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) is an association of cities around the world dedicated to the value of Freedom of Expression. Each ICORN city focuses on one writer at a time, each writer representing the countless others in hiding, in prison or silenced forever.

The Literature Police website and database are supplements to Peter D. McDonald’s book The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences, which was first published by Oxford University Press in February 2009. It is intended for anyone curious to know more about the subject and for those interested in doing further research into the vast topic of apartheid censorship.


Other relevant links

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Oslo Freedom Forum

Freedom of Information Center

Index on Censorship

PEN International

Reporters Sans Frontieres

The Free Expression Policy Project

The National Coalition Against Censorship