Qatar: Booksellers face book-by-book censorship bottleneck

10 December 2013

All books submitted for sale in Qatar must been approved by the Ministry of Culture even if the same book has already been approved for another retailer, reports Edward Nawotka from the 24th Doha International Book Fair.

A good deal of self-censorship alos takes place, with buyers not even taking something in the first place because they know it won’t get through, and everyone recognizing the sensitivities in areas you would expect: sexual content, alcohol, blasphemy, gay material.

“The Doha skyline may be straight out of the 21st century, but the practice of censorship is still firmly in the 20th.”

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