When the Censor Comes

Developed primarily for teachers, librarians, booksellers and others who disseminate the printed word, this guide offers basic information about dealing with would-be censors.

Researched and written by Sandra Bernstein for the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by June Callwood
Heading Them Off at the Pass
Policies and Procedures
When the Censor Comes
Canada Customs Detentions and Seizures
Police Raids/Obscenity Charges


A. CLA Statement on Intellectual Freedom
B. Sample Wording for Material Selection Policies
C. Sample Reconsideration Form
D. Sample Written Objection Policy
E. Sample Bookstore Complaint Procedure
F. Report the Incident to the BPC
G. Who Ya Gonna Call?
H. Other Resources


Many thanks to Charles Campbell, James Dana, Richard Elliott, Nancy Fleming, David Jones, Chris Magwood and editor Dennis Mills.

This publication was made possible through the contribution of speaker’s fees by Christie Hefner.

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© 1996 Book and Periodical Council

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