Judge Upholds Freedom of Expression: Key Restriction Lifted on Controversial Book Ban Law Impacting Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’

A federal judge in Wichita, Kansas has ruled to block a “bizarre” book ban law that aimed to restrict access to Elie Wiesel’s memoir “Night.” The legislation was intended to prevent students up to the 12th grade from being exposed to books containing sexual content or explicit language. Judge Julie Robinson deemed the law unconstitutional, stating that it violated the First Amendment rights of students and teachers. The book ban law was introduced in July 2020 by the Kansas legislature. It targeted over 60 books, including classic novels like “The Catcher in the Rye” and … Read more