Index on Censorship Censors Itself

We couldn’t make this up.

Not so long ago, Yale University Press, on direction from the university, pre-emptively self-censored images of Mohammed from The Cartoons that Shook the World by Jytte Klausen, a scholarly examination of the controversy that erupted over the publication of cartoon images of Mohammed by the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. Yale’s action was met by a torrent of criticism from left, right and center.  NCAC coordinated a letter to the university signed by a number of free speech organizations and, with the American Association of University Professors, coordinated a Statement of Principle and Call to Action calling on institutions of higher education to do more to defend intellectual freedom.

As if it wasn’t absurd enough that an academic press would first agree to publish about a set of images and then would decide to remove the very images that are the subject of the book, the Index on Censorship has gone a step further. The Index conducted an interview with Klausen about Yale’s censorship of the images, and then itself censored the same images. If you think I’m making it up, it’s all posted here

Several visitors to the Index website have called for resignation of board members who voted to censor the cartoons.  That would be a first step in the direction of restoring the Index’s credibility.  Next, they should publish the images.

About Blog of the National Coalition Against Censorship

Blogging Censorship is where National Coalition Against Censorship staff weigh in on the censorship issues on their minds.
This entry was posted in 1, Joan Bertin: Author and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s