BPC Bulletin: Quebec Libraries Remove the Works of Gabriel Matzneff

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

 

In Quebec, public libraries in Montreal and Gatineau have withdrawn the works of Gabriel Matzneff from their collections.

In France, the police are investigating Matzneff, once a celebrated author, for having sex with youngsters.

REPORTAGE

Sandra Abma of CBC News reports:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/library-censorship-gabriel-matzneff-gatineau-opl-1.5426244

In La Presse, Raphael Pirro reports:
https://www.lapresse.ca/arts/litterature/202001/08/01-5256130-matzneff-retire-godbout-reste-a-la-grande-bibliotheque.php

Basem Boshra of CTV News reports:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/grande-bibliotheque-in-montreal-removes-works-by-gabriel-matzneff-french-writer-accused-of-rape-1.4756981

COMMENTARY

In Le Devoir, Pierre Trudel comments:
https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/chroniques/571214/recits-litteraires-et-recits-criminels

The writers’ union of Quebec (UNEQ) comments:

https://www.uneq.qc.ca/2020/01/17/mise-au-point-affaire-gabriel-matzneff/

In Le Devoir, Jean-François Nadeau comments:
https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/chroniques/570672/censure-en-enfer

In La Presse, Paul Journet comments:

https://www.lapresse.ca/debats/editoriaux/202001/11/01-5256474-matzneff-et-le-mythe-de-la-pente-glissante.php

 

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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