Thursday, June 09, 2005

Library is Censoring!!

Pure and simple cowardice is what it is! An exhibition of Zahra Kazemi's photos is being censored by a Montreal library, follow the link if you want to read more.

I haven't anything else to say for fear of ranting and raving.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. So then why didn't they just display some other pictures or articles which portray the other side of the story? You should never remove information. Add more information so that people have a choice and can decide for themselves. When will people ever learn??

JB said...

I hate censorship of any kind--there's no point to it. And a free government cannot function if books and ideas are removed. I always start thinking of Orwell's 1984 when this happens.

In the U.S. the political right is responsible for a lot of censorship right now, although the political left is to blame in some instances, too. It makes me so mad!

librarychik said...

Intellectual freedom and censorship have been a topic of much discussion in my program. As (soon to be) librarians we have strong views on the subject. We are also very grateful that Canada does not have the all powerful, oh so invasive Patriot Act.

JB said...

Unfortunately, when it comes to censorship in the U.S. the Patriot Act isn't nearly as problematic as the religious right and other special interest groups (The Patriot Act is, however, responsible for all sorts of government sanctioned invasions of privacy, ect.). Most censorship is much more subtle and it plays out at the local government level. This is especially true when it comes to education and ordering textbooks.

Librarians are my heroes, by the way. :)