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This page provides a perspective on online censorship by highlighting some incidents and enactments.

1497 Savonarola promotes 'bonfire of vanities' in Florence

1558 'fig leaves' added to Michelangelo's Last Judgement

1573 Veronese ordered to 'correct' his Last Supper

1644 Milton's Areopagitica

1735 Zenger trial in N America

1787 George III's Royal Proclamation 'For the Encouragement of Piety and Virtue, and for the Preventing and Punishing of Vice, Profaneness and Immorality', including suppression of all 'loose and licentious Prints, Books, and Publications, dispersing Poison to the minds of the Young and Unwary and to Punish the Publishers and Vendors thereof'

1795 Rex v Curl (UK)

1802 Society for the Suppression of Vice (UK)

1815 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Sharpless and Others (US)

1819 'Six Acts' in England (inc Newspaper & Stamp Duties Act)

1821 Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure banned in US as likely to "debauch and corrupt, and to raise and create in minds inordinate and lustful desires, knowingly, unlawfully, wickedly, maliciously, and scandalously"

1824 daily newspaper censorship ceases in New South Wales

1832 Daumier punished for caricature of Louis-Philippe by six months in prison

1857 condemnation of The Confessional Unmasked: Shewing the Depravity of the Romanish Priesthood, the Iniquity of the Confessional, and the Questions Put to Females in Confession

1857 Obscene Publications Act 1857 in UK

1868 Hicklin case in UK

1873 New York Society for the Suppression of Vice founded

1873 Comstock Act in US

1878 New England Society for the Suppression of Vice formed

1891 NE SSV renamed New England Watch & Ward Society

1898 Klimt's Vienna Sezession 'Minotaur' poster emasculated

1910 International Agreement for the Suppression of the Circulation of Obscene Publications

1918 UK ban on reproduction of CR Nevinson's Paths of Glory

1919 Abrams v. United States

1923 International Convention for the Suppression of and Traffic in Obscene Publications

1926 'Hatrack incident' sees arrest of H.L. Mencken for selling copy of American Mercury

1930 US Motion Picture Production Code

1933 Rockefeller Center mural by Diego Rivera destroyed after featuring image of Lenin

1933 US District Court declares that Joyce's Ulysses is not obscen - "I do not detect anywhere the leer of the sensualist"

1934 Cadmus' The Fleet's In! withdrawn from PWAP exhibition at Corcoran Gallery in Washington

1938 Entartete Kunst exhibition in Munich and further purging of official collections in Germany

1946 Australia bans Christina Stead's Letty Fox, Her Luck

1954 McGill fined in UK over 'saucy' postcards

1957 Roth v. United States (US)

1961 suppression of Siqueiros murals in Mexico City

1964 Warhol's Thirteen Most Wanted Men mural at New York World's Fair painted over

1964 New York Times v. Sullivan (US)

1969 Roth's Portnoy's Complaint

1969 Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC (US)

1973 Miller v. California (US)

1973 Paris Adult Theatre I v. Slaton (US)

1973 Kaplan v. California (US)

1973 United States v. 12 200-ft. Reels of Super 8mm Film (US)

1973 United States v. Orito (US)

1974 Gertz v. Welch (US)

1988 Hustler v. Falwell (US)

1989 Texas v. Johnson (US)

1989 Corcoran Gallery cancels Mapplethorpe exhibition

1997 'Piss Christ' controversy at National Gallery of Victoria

1997 Reno v. ACLU (US)

2001 Taliban destroys Bamiyan sculptures in Afghanistan

2006 US District Judge bars prosecutors from enforcing Child Online Protection Act as overly broad

2007 Australian government calls for ISP-level filtering of all content








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