Wednesday, 18 November 2015

CLA defends the expression of repugnant opinion

The Canadian Library Association has issued a revised Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries. It includes the statement:

Libraries have a core responsibility to safeguard and facilitate access to constitutionally protected expressions of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, including those which some individuals and groups consider unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable. 
It can be difficult to accept the right of people to express themselves in a manner which, while legal, violates once's ideas of what's acceptable in a civilized society, more so when one's taxes are being used to facilitate that access.


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