PEN America CEO to U.S. House Panel: Book Bans and Educational Gag Orders are ‘an Orchestrated Effort to Polarize, Intimidate, and Restrict Flow of Ideas’

PEN America Press Release

Excerpt: PEN America Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Nossel today testified before a U.S. House of Representatives panel to sound the alarm about book bans and educational gag orders that are proliferating nationwide, describing how these censorious trends pose a grave threat to students’ First Amendment rights, to democracy overall, and damage the freedom to write and read.