Monday, 17 November 2008

2 for 1 book censorship

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Funny how these things come along all at once. As the controversy over the Patrick Jones book signing at Waterstones goes on, we hear news of Amazon preventing UK shoppers from buying copies of a book by a former Irish Scientologist.

Customers attempting to buy John Duignan's The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology (there's a taste of what he has to say here) received emails informing them that the book, which has only been published in Ireland but was available through Amazon, had been removed from sale to UK buyers "for legal reason".

Amazon have yet to give a proper reason, but a press release from anti-Scientology group Anonymous suggests pressure from the Church of Scientology could be behind the decision, especially given the organisation's past form when it comes to litigation. The press release also says Duigan is "furious and dismayed" but "not at all surprised given the Church's record on freedom of expression".


anon said...

Might have something to do with the 'Church' of Scientology blocking the book's sale in the UK.