“Canada’s largest retail bookseller has removed all copies of the June issue of Harper’s Magazine from its 260 stores, claiming an article by New York cartoonist Art Spiegelman could foment protests similar to those that occurred this year in reaction to the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mo-hammed.
Indigo Books and Music took the action this week when its executives noticed that the 10-page Harper’s article, titled Drawing Blood, reproduced all 12 cartoons first published last September by Jyllands-Posten..
Indigo pulls controversial Harper’s off the shelves continues..
In a memo obtained by The Globe and Mail that was e-mailed to Indigo managers yesterday about “what to do if customers question Indigo’s censorship” of Harper’s, employees are told to say that “the decision was made based on the fact that the content about to be published has been known to ignite demonstrations around the world.
Self censorship. It’s all the rage these days.
Journalists softening the tone of their articles, purposely avoiding newsworthy stories, killing publications of cartoons due to the unspoken widespread concern over Muzlim reactions and repercussions.
Sure, the publishers are most likely to cite the “we don’t wish to offend anyone” posture but that hasn’t prevented the proliferation of pornography and vile literature against Jews, Christians or others has it?
We have always been indocrinated with the idea that government has an interest in controlling the free flow of information, therefore making any censorship something that must be constantly guarded against.
This fear is not only prevalent in the broadcast arena, it reflects the willing dhimmitude of America and now Canada as well.
Since when do journalists steer clear of newsworthy stories because they might aggravate or “upset” someone or a group? Is that the new yardstick for publication?
Who now determines when, why and even whether stories or images are to be reported or published? The Muzlims who threaten to riot and pillage if they are?
These contemporary challenges to free speech reveal alarming evidence that Americans and apparently some Canadians are woefully unaware of the consequences of this sudden burst of alleged conscience and self censorship.
Is not the role of the journalist to inform the public..or is that no longer considered a crucial task. Bookstores can muzzle themselves out of fear and intimidation, failing to expose Truth, which will only further the climate of fear and reprisal………
And, After all………Isn’t that precisely what the enemy wants.
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