BPC Bulletin: Author and Publisher of "Hansel et Gretel" Acquitted in Quebec Court (2)

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

 

Last month, a judge in the Superior Court of Quebec 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.

REPORTAGE IN FRENCH

On Tout le monde en parle, Godbout and Doucet speak in an interview:

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/tele/tout-le-monde-en-parle/site/segments/entrevue/202894/lepage-godbout-doucet-accusations-proces

Métro reports the interview:
https://journalmetro.com/culture/2531873/yvan-godbout-raconte-ses-annees-de-cauchemar-a-tout-le-monde-en-parle/

Droit-Inc interviews defence lawyer Jean-Philippe Marcoux:
https://www.droit-inc.com/article27493-On-jase-avec-l-avocat-d-Yvan-Godbout

COMMENTARY IN FRENCH

In Le Devoir, Odile Tremblay comments:
https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/chroniques/587442/la-fiction-au-banc-des-accuses

The Province of Quebec has until October 25, 2020, to appeal Justice Blanchard’s decision.

Thanks go to Charles Montpetit who forwarded the news.

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

 

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