By Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored
Project Censored and the Media Freedom Foundation were proud to be official co-sponsors of this year's Banned Books Week the first week of October. Project Censored director, Prof. Mickey Huff, was part of the steering committee that contributed to this year's promotion and events surrounding BBW.
Additionally, Project Censored dedicated an entire radio program to BBW covering its history, significance, and discussing why it is still an unfortunately necessary and important endeavor in the US today on September 28, 2012. Guests for the show include Barbara Jones of the American Library Association, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom; author Tony Diaz, creator of Libro Traficante; Joan Bertin, the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship; and Acacia O’Connor, Coordinator of the Kid’s Right to Read Project, a joint effort of NCAC and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Project Censored was also part of the Banned By the Bay events in San Francisco as director Mickey Huff and associate director Dr. Andy Lee Roth discussed the Project's overlapping mission with BBW and their latest annual volume on media censorship which is dedicated to the late Ray Bradbury. The two were joined in conversation by the event organizer, Victoria Pacchiana-Rojas at the Book Smith on historic Haight St. Monday Oct. 1 and advocated the right to read, to think, and the importance of supporting independent booksellers and local libraries. Paicchiana-Rojas also discussed her recent contribution to Project Censored's newest book, Censored 2013: Dispatches From the Media Revolution. In a chapter celebrating Media Democracy in Action, Paicchiana-Rojas discusses the state of BBW in 2012 and asks, Does Literature Need Liberating? The piece looks at what is behind that actions of censors and explains why we must be ever vigilant to protect free expression and speech.
Project Censored also prominently displayed BBW events on their websites which receive 4 million unique visits each year and widely promoted BBW on their FB page to over 17k people, and e mailed another 25k people on our lists to spread the word on BBW in hopes of stemming the tide censorship of all types in the US. We look forward to working with all the dedicated people that work together on BBW into the coming year.