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ALA's Freedom to Read Foundation Fights Arkansas Law Restricting Book Access
ALA announced the following:
The Freedom to Read Foundation, [FTRF] the First Amendment legal defense arm of [ALA,] joined a broad coalition of authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and readers [as they] filed suit in The United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division, challenging Arkansas Act 372, a law that would restrict access to books in bookstores and libraries located within the state, and in the process violate the First Amendment rights of the state’s reading public. The bill was signed by the Governor of Arkansas on March 30 and is slated to go into effect on August 1, 2023. …
‘The Freedom to Read Foundation stands with our co-plaintiffs in challenging Arkansas Act 372, which threatens to criminalize the work of librarians and booksellers, and empty Arkansas’ library shelves,’ said FTRF Executive Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone. ‘The legislation shows egregious disregard for the work of trusted library professionals and the First Amendment rights of the people of Arkansas. FTRF will always be on the front lines of the fight to preserve the freedom to read, both in Arkansas and throughout the nation.’
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