Thursday, March 8, 2007

Time to Free Up Speech - At the CBC

via Daimnation

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the CBC are jumping into the censorship wagon:

A Booker Prize-winning Canadian writer was forbidden from reading from one of the world's most controversial anti-Semitic books on CBC Radio during Canada's Freedom to Read Week.

Life of Pi author Yann Martel said staff at CBC Radio Saskatchewan told him half an hour before a scheduled interview last Thursday that he wasn't allowed read excerpts of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf on the air.
Why, may you ask, was this Booker Prize winner reading Mein Kampf? Well, he was kind of asked to do so:
The CBC had asked Martel to do an interview on The Afternoon Edition because the author was planning to read from the book that evening at a Saskatoon Public Library event for Freedom to Read Week, an annual campaign raising public awareness about intellectual freedom in Canada.

The library asked Mr. Martel to read from any banned or challenged book, and Mr. Martel chose Mein Kampf.

"It's a horrible book, but a horribly important book, because you get in the brain of one of the monsters of the 20th century," Mr. Martel said.
As Daimnation states in support of the reading:
Know your enemy--and I mean it.
Though when you follow the link you find that it takes at least 2-5 months before you get the chance to start.

(also posted at Little Tobacco)