Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A victory for banned books

Finally, good news for a change.

An excerpt from the piece in the Star: (bolded part is mine)

KUALA LUMPUR: The SIS Forum (Malaysia) succeeded in throwing out the Home Minister’s order banning its 215-page book, Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism.

High Court judge Justice Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof on Monday ruled that the book is not a threat to public order.

He said the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia’s (Jakim) objection to the book was that it could confuse Muslims, especially those who with only a superficial knowledge of their religion, as the publication explains Islamic teachings according to the writers’ own views.

“Can this disrupt public order? I think not.

“Only seven pages out of 215-page book are said to have offended the guidelines by Jakim, and those came from only two of 10 articles published in the book.

Hopefully other judges will rule similarly in other cases of perposterous banning.

Free the books!

And yes, I know the site's been in cold storage for a bit. But you'll see at least weekly updates on book banning in the country and occassionally the world. Fingers crossed!

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