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|ongoing=no
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|year=2016
|region=North America
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|region=Middle East
|artist=Rainbow Rowell,
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|artist=Newsha Tavakolian,
|subject=Religion
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|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion
|confronting_bodies=Vinton County High School, McArthur, Ohio
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|confronting_bodies=Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore
|medium=Literature
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|medium=Photography
|date_of_action=May 2017
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|date_of_action=June 2016
|location=McArthur, Ohio
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|location=Singapore
|description_of_content=''Eleanor & Park'' is award-winning young adult novel by Rainbow Rowell that is featured widely in English curricula and is critically praised for its acute exploration of themes such as love, race, bullying, body image, and abuse. It has occupied The New York Times bestseller list. While written about and for teens, the themes are universal. A frequently challenged book, it has been listed as no.10 on the American Library Association’s ‘Top Ten Challenged Books list.
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|description_of_content='I Know Why The Rebel Sings' presented highlights from a range of works by Iranian documentary photographer Newsha Tavakolian. It included photographs from her series, 'Look,' 'Listen,' and "The Blank Pages Of An Iranian Photo Album," as well as previously unexhibited images of humanitarian tragedies around the world with a focus on the portrait. The exhibition was part of Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA)'s pre-festival, O.P.E.N. public engagement initiative ("Open, Participate, Engage, Negotiate"). SIFA is the premier national performing arts festival in the country. Tavakolian, best known for her iconic photographs of struggle and conflict, is a member of Magnum Photos and has shot for publications such as National Geographic.
|description_of_incident=''Eleanor & Park'' was removed from a tenth-grade English curriculum following complaints. A parent of a student at Vinton County High School posted an out-of-context image of a passage from the book containing “foul language” on social media and issued a formal complaint about the book to the school. The school administration responded by cancelling English lessons that used the book, replacing it with a different novel.
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|description_of_incident=When the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore initially refused to grant permits for 33 of the photos, the Festival Director Ong Keng Sen and the show's curator, Vali Mahlouji, agreed on a smaller selection to be exhibited. But before opening night, the MDA censored 15 of a larger group of photographs hung against a backdrop of a map of the conflict region, replacing each with a black paper rectangle. The photos belong to the series 'On the War Trail,' depicting photos of Kurdish female soldiers fighting ISIS that are part of the YPJ, an all-woman offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party which the Turkish government (along with United States, Japan and Australia, and several other countries) considers a terrorist organisation. The photographs were commissioned by Time Magazine. Festival director Sen issued a statement condemning MDA's move, pointing out that the photographs were already published in Time Magazine and were widely accessible both online and off. "And so we are living with a new terror where we don't know, it is out of our control," he said at the exhibition's launch. [from "Ong Keng Sen on censorship at Newsha Tavakolian's I Know Why the Rebel Sings," June 22, 2016]
|description_of_result=In a May 8, 2017 letter to the school administration, The National Coalition Against Censorship and 6 other organizations committed to defending kids’ right to read urged Vinton County High School to restore student access to ''Eleanor & Park''. The letter was signed by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, National Council of Teachers of English, American Booksellers for Free Expression, Association of American Publishers, Authors Guild and PEN America. The case in ongoing.
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|description_of_result=The show remained up for the duration with the blacked-out photographs.
|image=Eleanor & park.jpeg
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|image=Tavakolian.jpg
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|source=http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/removed-images-photographer-deeply-disappointed
 
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[http://ncac.org/press-release/free-speech-groups-demand-ohio-high-school-restore-award-winning-novel-to-english-curriculum NCAC Demands Ohio High School Restore Eleanor & Park to English Curriculum], BY NCAC, MAY 9, 2017
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[https://sifa.sg/theopen/blog/Statements-from-Newsha-Tavakolian-and-Ong-Keng-Sen-on-censorship/ Statements from Newsha Tavakolian and Ong Keng Sen on censorship, by Ng Yi-Sheng, July 02, 2016]
  
[http://cbldf.org/2017/05/cbldf-joins-defense-of-eleanor-park  CBLDF Joins Defense of Eleanor & Park], May 9, 2017, By Betsy Gomez
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[https://faerieimps.blogspot.com/2016/06/i-know-why-rebel-sings_24.html 'i know why the rebel sings', June 24, 2016]
  
See also:
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[https://www.sifa.sg/theopen/blog/i-know-why-the-rebel-sings-by-newsha-tavakolian I Know Why the Rebel Sings, by Newsha Tavakolian, by Ng Yi-Sheng, June 23, 2016]
  
[http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=9248 Spotlight on Censorship: ‘Eleanor and Park,’] Intellectual Freedom blog, April 11, 2017
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[https://bakchormeeboy.com/2016/06/23/i-know-why-the-rebel-sings-sifa-the-o-p-e-n-2016/ I Know Why The Rebel Sings – SIFA: The O.P.E.N. 2016, June 23, 2016] 
  
[http://ncac.org/censorship-news-articles/i-dont-want-to-be-a-safe-writer-an-interview-with-rainbow-rowell “I Don’t Want to be a Safe Writer”: An Interview With Rainbow Rowell], NCAC, OCTOBER 7, 2016
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[https://sifa.sg/sifa/blog/Ong-Keng-Sen-on-censorship-at-Newsha-Takavolians-I-Know-Why-the-Rebel-Sings/ Ong Keng Sen on censorship at Newsha Tavakolian's I Know Why the Rebel Sings, by Ng Yi-Sheng, June 22, 2016]
  
[http://www.rainbowrowell.com/news/2016/9/22/can-you-help-defend-eleanor-park-from-censorship Can you help defend Eleanor & Park from censorship?] Rainbow Rowell, September 22, 2016
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[http://www.newshatavakolian.com/ Newsha Tavakolian Photography]
  
Previous incidents:
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[https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/newsha-tavakolian/ Newsha Tavakolian on Magnum Photos]
  
[http://cbldf.org/2017/02/oregon-school-board-reconsiders-hasty-ban-of-eleanor-park  Oregon School Board Reconsiders Hasty Ban of Eleanor & Park], February 15, 2017, By Maren Williams
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[https://www.instagram.com/newshatavakolian/?hl=en Newsha Tavakolian, Instagram]
  
[http://www.slj.com/2013/11/censorship/rainbow-rowells-eleanor-park-retained-in-minnesota-high-school  Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Eleanor & Park’ Retained in Minnesota High School], By Karyn M. Peterson on November 25, 2013
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsha_Tavakolian Newsha Tavakolian, Wikipedia]
 
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[http://www.citypages.com/news/parents-action-league-wants-eleanor-and-park-removed-from-anoka-hennepin-libraries-6557506 Parents Action League wants 'Eleanor & Park' removed from Anoka-Hennepin libraries], October 2, 2013
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[http://www.wiki.ncac.org/Eleanor Censorpedia, Anoka-Hennepin incident, 2013]
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This Week's Featured Case



Tavakolian.jpg

Artist: Newsha Tavakolian

Year: 2016

Date of Action: June 2016

Region: Middle East

Location: Singapore

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Photography

Confronting Bodies: Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore

Description of Artwork: 'I Know Why The Rebel Sings' presented highlights from a range of works by Iranian documentary photographer Newsha Tavakolian. It included photographs from her series, 'Look,' 'Listen,' and "The Blank Pages Of An Iranian Photo Album," as well as previously unexhibited images of humanitarian tragedies around the world with a focus on the portrait. The exhibition was part of Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA)'s pre-festival, O.P.E.N. public engagement initiative ("Open, Participate, Engage, Negotiate"). SIFA is the premier national performing arts festival in the country. Tavakolian, best known for her iconic photographs of struggle and conflict, is a member of Magnum Photos and has shot for publications such as National Geographic.

The Incident: When the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore initially refused to grant permits for 33 of the photos, the Festival Director Ong Keng Sen and the show's curator, Vali Mahlouji, agreed on a smaller selection to be exhibited. But before opening night, the MDA censored 15 of a larger group of photographs hung against a backdrop of a map of the conflict region, replacing each with a black paper rectangle. The photos belong to the series 'On the War Trail,' depicting photos of Kurdish female soldiers fighting ISIS that are part of the YPJ, an all-woman offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party which the Turkish government (along with United States, Japan and Australia, and several other countries) considers a terrorist organisation. The photographs were commissioned by Time Magazine. Festival director Sen issued a statement condemning MDA's move, pointing out that the photographs were already published in Time Magazine and were widely accessible both online and off. "And so we are living with a new terror where we don't know, it is out of our control," he said at the exhibition's launch. [from "Ong Keng Sen on censorship at Newsha Tavakolian's I Know Why the Rebel Sings," June 22, 2016]

Results of Incident: The show remained up for the duration with the blacked-out photographs.

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/removed-images-photographer-deeply-disappointed


Statements from Newsha Tavakolian and Ong Keng Sen on censorship, by Ng Yi-Sheng, July 02, 2016

'i know why the rebel sings', June 24, 2016

I Know Why the Rebel Sings, by Newsha Tavakolian, by Ng Yi-Sheng, June 23, 2016

I Know Why The Rebel Sings – SIFA: The O.P.E.N. 2016, June 23, 2016

Ong Keng Sen on censorship at Newsha Tavakolian's I Know Why the Rebel Sings, by Ng Yi-Sheng, June 22, 2016

Newsha Tavakolian Photography

Newsha Tavakolian on Magnum Photos

Newsha Tavakolian, Instagram

Newsha Tavakolian, Wikipedia

















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