PEN American Center; New York 171 pages; $6.95
Why in the world is a book on censorship of interest to the scientific community? After all, we’re not writing pornography. And our research—objective and usually not very sensational—hardly seems vulnerable to libelous accusations. Indeed, for most scientists—and most Americans, for that matter— censorship seems to be a form of suppression that happens somewhere else.
Liberty Denied was commisoned by PEN, an international association founded to foster international collegiality among writers and to protect their freedom of expression. PEN asked Donna Demac, a lawyer and specialist in telecom-munications at New York University to review the state of censorship in America. Demac deals with many forms censorship in each case providing illustrative examples and an lyzing their implications for the freedom of expression that we take for granted.
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