Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Egyptian writer's book banned, destroyed

All copies of Egyptian writer, feminist and psychiatrist Nawal Al Saadawi's latest book, God Resigns in the Summit Meeting, have been confiscated and destroyed by her publisher, reports the German news service dpa. The publisher, Mahmoud Madbouli, said he did so because the book "offended readers' religious sensitivities." Although he claimed his decision was not political, he admitted that security police ‘witnessed' the destruction. Dr. Saadawi is the author of more than 30 books, many of them banned. She has been imprisoned in Egypt for her views and lived in the U.S. for five years before returning to her native country.

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