The information ministry has banned 4,390 books over the past five years, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri has confirmed.
Responding to an inquiry by MP Khaled Al-Shatti, Jabri said that the ministry’s grievances committee – formed according to ministerial resolution number 13/2017 – had looked into complaints against two books and agreed to reconsider banning them. He added that the banned list was 70 pages long, including religious, cultural and historical books.
Notably, Shatti had inquired about the long list of banned books, noting that he had 16 cartons full of the banned books’ titles. He said after reviewing some of the banned books, he emerged with a feeling that “we are living a real freedom of thought dilemma”, warning that censorship is killing ideas and creativity. “It is as if we are living in the medieval ages,” he added, noting that some of the justifications for bans were feeble.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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