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Sarah Lai Stirland, U.S. Funded Health Search Engine Blocks 'Abortion', Wired, April 3, 2008. (Thanks to Gavin Baker.) Excerpt:
Update. That was fast. Michael Klag, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has reversed the decision. (Thanks to Catherine Rampell.) From Klag's public statement (April 4, 2008):
USAID may disregard the freedom of inquiry at Johns Hopkins, as it has in the past. Or it may defund the POPLINE database. But no matter what it does, Johns Hopkins has its own mission to follow. Kudos to Dean Klag for remembering.
Update. It appears that USAID did contact the university prior to the act of censorship. According to Robert Pear in the April 5 New York Times,
Nevertheless, there's no evidence that USAID asked the university to censor searches.
Update. Another bit of news from the Library Journal Academic Newswire for April 8, 2008:
A spokesperson for USAID, Sandra Johnson, told reporters...that administrators at Hopkins had "misunderstood" the agency's request [to remove two articles from the database], however, and said the agency was "glad" the search function was being restored.