Censorpedia: An Interactive Database of Censorship Incidents

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Artist: Andrea Lalama

Year: 2013

Date of Action: May 2013

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Youth

Medium: Internet, Photography, Public Speech

Confronting Bodies: Facebook

Description of Artwork: Photograph of two children holding hand drawn signs in opposition to Monsanto.

The Incident: Facebook banned Andrea Lalama from posting any content for about two weeks after determining that her photograph of children demonstrating against Monsanto was unacceptable to be posted on Facebook.

Results of Incident: {{{description_of_result}}}

Source: http://now.msn.com/facebook-censors-monsanto-protest-photos-of-children-with-anti-gmo-signs

What is Censorpedia?

Censorpedia is a crowdsourced online database of censorship cases within the arts and in culture. It is aimed at those researching censorship, at activists working for freedom of expression and at artists and other cultural producers whose expression has been subject to censorship or attempted censorship.

Censorpedia documents censorship incidents by providing the who, what, when, where and why. By providing a repository of information about what is vulnerable to censorship and about the strategies and tactics that have defeated previous’ censorship attempts, Censorpedia aids the fight for free expression.

Researchers can search for a specific case, year or keyword using the search box, as well as browse by medium, by grounds for censorship, or explore a random case.

Activists can search for ongoing cases or contribute a case that is ongoing or recently resolved.

Artists and cultural producers are similarly invited to add cases they are directly involved with or are familiar with first hand.

Censorpedia builds on the landmark 1994 art project The File Room, initiated by Muntadas.

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