Rape documentary India’s Daughter was BANNED in India. It’s UK airing was brought forward to tonight and is now available on iPlayer. It will probably only be on YouTube for a limited time before the Indian government or the BBC have it removed. It focuses on the gang rape and gruesome murder of Jyoti Singh on a bus in December 2012.
I highly recommend you watch it while you can. Please share.
My read for Banned Books Week was certainly apropos. Fahrenheit 451 shows you the results of a book banning society. A scary, ignorant and shallow world where brutality and casual violence are everyday events done in the name of entertainment; a regressive and disabling move in social evolution, handicapping progression by limiting knowledge and encouraging selfishness.
This is an annual reminder to think for yourself, to not let others tell you what you can and can’t read, and to remind those that are fond of censorship that banning a book only boosts its popularity, as 2013’s most challenged books show (which I list below).
A couple of weeks ago I wrote ‘Is Censorship Contagious?‘ commenting on the removal of the thousands of self-published titles from sale at Kobo (along with several other major retailers) with little notice given to their authors. Well, it now appears Kobo’s Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn has elaborated on the situation by emailing the following statement to those affected: