The File Room
The File Room, a web-based interactive archive of censorship cases, is open to submissions by organisations and individuals nationally and internationally. The project was initiated in 1994 and then went on the Internet as an open submissions archive. In 2002, the National Coalition Against Censorship re-programmed and updated the archive and is currently maintaining it. The File Room already contains information on hundreds of incidents dating from the 5th century BC to the present. More cases from around the world are added every day. The goals of the site are ‘documentation and resistance’ to censorship. The File Room locates acts of censorship in relation to social settings, political movements, religious beliefs and economic conditions. The wider understanding of censorship adopted by The File Room allows it to record instances of censorship through market mechanisms, the censorship of private galleries or that of schools and colleges, institutional self-censorship, as well as suppression of work by limiting its distribution or refusing it publicity.
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