Cover of Rama X: The Thai Monarchy under King Vajiralongkorn" by editor Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Thailand has banned a forthcoming book titled "Rama X: The Thai Monarchy under King Vajiralongkorn" by editor Pavin Chachavalpongpun before its publication. The ban, announced in the Royal Gazette, prohibits the order and import of the book, citing concerns about defamation towards the royal family from the government of Thailand. 

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PEN America has published a report titled "Booklash: Literary Freedom, Online Outrage, and the Language of Harm." 

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On 25 July, a coalition including Texas bookstores, national booksellers, authors and publishers filed suit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, challenging a new Texas law that would require independent bookstores, national chain bookstores, large online book retailers, book publishers and other vendors to review and rate millions of books and other library materials according to sexual content if those books are sold to school libraries, and to do so according to vague labels dictated by the state without any process for judicial review.

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As censorship threats continue to target libraries, schools, publishers, authors, and booksellers in the USA, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) are calling on all members of the book community to affirm their commitment to the Freedom to Read Statement on its 70th anniversary. They are joined by the Authors Guild and American Booksellers Association as well as numerous other signatories.  

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On Friday, June 2, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), Penguin Random House, Candlewick Press, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Scholastic Inc., and Simon & Schuster filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs, patrons of the Llano County Library System in Llano County, Texas, in the case of  Little v. Llano County, a suit that challenges the actions taken by members of the Llano County Commissioners Court, members of the Llano County Library Board, and the Llano County Library System Director, to remove 17 books from the shelves of the public library system.

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