Amazon has banned a book that provided the code to create a 3D printed gun.
The book, a 584-page tome called The Liberator Code Book: An Exercise in the Freedom of Speech , contained computer code that could reportedly be fed to a 3D
printer to create a plastic gun called The Liberator. The book was selling at $20 prior to being removed from the store
Author CJ Awelow wrote on Amazon
The purpose of this exercise is to give a physical analogy
between computer code and books. Code is speech. This is a printed copy of .step files for the Liberator. and not much else. Don't expect a gripping narrative: that's being played out in the news and the courts. Proceeds from this book will be used to
fight for free speech and the right to keep and bear arms.
According to The Washington Post, the book had appeared on Amazon on August 1, just a day after a federal judge had issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the public
availability of the code in question.
Amazon took down the listing noting that it violated Amazon's content guidelines, but would not elaborate further.
For Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, three years of constitutional challenges pale in comparison to the 43 years imprisonment that were on the line. But after a legal battle active since 3 April 2015, Zunar's nine sedition charges were dropped on Monday 30
July 2018. With three days in court still to follow, the victory is one of several the artist is seeking as an advocate for free expression and the repeal of the Sedition Act.
Under the newly (re-)elected PM Mahathir Mohamad things seem to be
improving for freedom of expression. the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) has announced that it would review all ongoing sedition cases starting 13 July.
Ten LGBT-themed children's books have been banished to the closed sections of Hong Kong's public libraries after heavy campaigning by an anti-gay rights group.
For months, the Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern
Group complained to the Home Affairs Bureau about books that promote gay and transgender awareness.
In a Facebook post on 17 June, the group shared an email from the Bureau confirming 10 books would be removed from library shelves after
consideration by the Collection Development Meeting that is made up of library professionals.
Library users must now ask staff to see the books. The email says the Collection Development Meeting decided seven of the 10 books were neutral and do
not promote homosexuality or same-sex marriage. Yet they were still moved to the closed shelves so parents can decide what their children read.