USA: 14 ‘undone’ books on growing ‘Forbidden Bookshelf’

30 June 2015


“Even though the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, government authorities and other powerful interests still find ways to suppress the truth,” wrote Kit O’Connell in an article published by Mint Press News on 29 June 2015

The article lists highlights from the strong>‘Forbidden Bookshelf’ collection with an explanation of how and why they were suppressed.

The ‘Forbidden Bookshelf’ is a curated collection of suppressed literature, compiled by professor of Media Studies at New York University, Mark Crispin Miller.

Beginning with five books in June 2014, the collection has grown to 14 titles.

“Open societies are also no stranger to the censorship of contentious novels and historical accounts of controversial events,” Abby Martin said last year on her show, ‘Breaking the Set’. “Now, of course, the First Amendment prohibits the outright banning of books by the federal government, but there are many less insidious ways that ‘dangerous content’ is kept off American bookshelves.”

“Hundreds of books on crucial subjects, indispensable subjects, have been undone in one way or another,” Mark Crispin Miller told Martin in the show. “Threats of litigation by powerful interests, reviewers freezing out certain titles, or what happens most often is books are written off as conspiracy theory.”

» Mint Press News – 29 June 2015:
strong>US Still Bans, Suppresses Books Despite The First Amendment
“Censorship doesn’t often involve book burnings and dissident disappearances in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean free speech is truly free.”
Article by Kit O’Connell

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