Ohio ACLU warns CH-UH library about alleged censoring of its programs

5:09 PM, Mar 16, 2008   |    comments
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Recently, the CH-UH library cancelled the first program in a series on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, amid complaints that the presentation would be biased. "The cancellation of this event is blatant and shameful censorship of particular views. Libraries should be a place where members of the public congregate and exchange ideas with one another," ACLU of Ohio Legal Director Jeffrey Gamso said. "The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library has, in effect, said that only opinions that are not controversial will be given a platform there." The cancelled program was co-sponsored by the Cleveland Peace Action and the CH-UH library. The program was to feature a 30-minute documentary called "Searching for Peace in the Middle East," followed by a structured public discussion facilitated by members of the Arab, Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities. The library has announced that it will not be holding the April 6 and May 14 programs originally scheduled as part of the Middle East Peace series. Click the link below to go to the ACLU Web site.

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