Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Italy Joins Iran, Bans Books

Horrified? You should be. According to Wu Ming Foundation, Venice province has approved a proposal ordering all Venetian libraries to
  1. remove from shelves all the books written by any author who signed a 2004 petition asking for Cesare Battisti’s release from jail,
  2. abstain from organizing events featuring such writers (they must be declared "undesirable persons").
Any librarian who will not follow this order will be held responsible.

I do not know who Battisti is; maybe he is a serial killer or a terrorist. Nor do I have any idea what the 2004 petition was about and which writers signed it. Pushing a legislation to ban books is simply disgusting. It is an act of insolence that  dynamites the very foundation of the Enlightenment. Shame!

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