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Censorship in Oz

The Age says that censorship of kids' book  is on the rise in Australia.  The paper quotes an Australian professor of librarianship who has been following the issue.

"The most covert form of censorship is non-selection (by librarians)," Associate Professor [Ken]Dillon said.

It's a little hard to tell from the article, but I think that Prof. Dillon is referring to school libraries. Still, is  it censorship when a library chooses not to buy a book? More context for Dillon's remarks would have been appreciated.


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In my personal experience, the most covert form of censorship is non-selection by editors. Surely this -- and non-selection by librarians -- can't simply be recognition of real-world budgetary limitations and acceptance that you can't buy everything, even if you wanted to.

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