July 10, 2003

A CIPA ancestor

Stephen Denney reposted an interesting article: The new censorship, by Sara Paretsky (New Statesman, 1st June 2003)

Though mostly concerned with the Patriot Act and market censorship, it contains a striking CIPA precursor regarding library censorship:

... Dashiell Hammett went to prison for two crimes: he gave money to a bail fund for labour figures whom Congress thought were communists, and he refused to name other people who contributed to the fund. The State Department saw that Hammett's books were removed from every library supported by federal money. Knopf, his long-time publisher, suspended publication of The Maltese Falcon in deference to the House Un-American Activities Committee blacklist.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on July 10, 2003 11:53 AM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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