BPC Bulletin: Author and Publisher of "Hansel et Gretel" Acquitted in Quebec Court
In the Superior Court of Quebec, a judge has acquitted a fiction author and a book publisher of child pornography charges.
On September 24, 2020, Justice Marc-André Blanchard acquitted Yvan Godbout of producing child pornography. Godbout is the author of Hansel et Gretel, a horror novel that includes depictions of child sexual abuse.
Justice Blanchard also acquitted François Doucet of distributing child pornography. He is the founder, owner and publisher of Éditions AdA.* The company published Hansel et Gretel in 2017.
The judge ruled that parts of Canada’s child pornography laws are overly broad; they target literature that doesn’t endorse or promote pedophilia.
The Province of Quebec has 30 days to appeal the decision.
*Doucet is described in English news reports as Godbout’s editor. It is possible that he edited Godbout’s novel — I don’t know — but Doucet is the publisher of Éditions AdA. In French, a male publisher is an éditeur. A male editor is a rédacteur or réviseur.
REPORTAGE IN ENGLISH
The Sherbrooke Times reports:
The Canadian Press reports:
Morgan Lowrie of the Canadian Press reports:
REPORTAGE IN FRENCH
At TVA Nouvelles, the host of Québec matin interviews Godbout:
La Presse Canadienne reports:
In Le Devoir, Natalia Wysocka reports:
In La Presse, Stéphanie Vallet reports:
On QUB Radio, Geneviève Pettersen interviews Godbout:
At Cogeco Média, radio host Patrick Lagacé of Le Québec maintenant interviews Godbout:
At Radio-Canada, Rania Massoud reports:
Stéphanie Marin of La Presse Canadienne reports:
In La Presse, Louis-Samuel Perron reports:
At Le Journal de Montréal, Michael Nguyen reports:
COMMENTARY IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH
L’Association national des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) comments:
Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ) comments:
PEN Canada comments:
Big thanks go to Charles Montpetit who forwarded the news stories.
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