Author and Publisher of “Hansel et Gretel” Acquitted in Quebec Court

On September 24, 2020, Justice Marc-André Blanchard acquitted Yvan Godbout of producing child pornography. Godbout is the author of Hansel et Gretel, a horror novel that includes depictions of child sexual abuse.

Justice Blanchard also acquitted François Doucet of distributing child pornography. He is the founder, owner and publisher of Éditions AdA. The company published Hansel et Gretel in 2017.

The judge ruled that parts of Canada’s child pornography laws are overly broad; they target literature that doesn’t endorse or promote pedophilia.

The Province of Quebec has 30 days to appeal the decision.

 

REPORTAGE IN ENGLISH

 

The Sherbrooke Times reports:

Author acquitted of juvenile porn: “I cried for two hours” – Yvan Godbout

 

The Canadian Press reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/yvan-godbout-acquitted-1.5741240

 

Morgan Lowrie of the Canadian Press reports:

Quebec court acquits author, declares part of child pornography law invalid

 

 

REPORTAGE IN FRENCH

 

At TVA Nouvelles, the host of Québec matin interviews Godbout:

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2020/09/28/auteur-acquitte-de-porno-juvenile-jai-pleure-pendant-deux-heures—yvan-godbout

 

 

La Presse Canadienne reports:

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1736929/yvan-godbout-accusation-hansel-gretel-horaire-pedophilie-acquitte

 

 

In Le Devoir, Natalia Wysocka reports:

https://www.ledevoir.com/culture/586654/yvan-godbout-remporte-sa-bataille-epique

 

 

In La Presse, Stéphanie Vallet reports:

https://www.lapresse.ca/arts/litterature/2020-09-25/acquitte-l-auteur-yvan-godbout-raconte-son-enfer.php

 

 

On QUB Radio, Geneviève Pettersen interviews Godbout:

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2020/09/25/arretez-de-me-comparer-a-mes-personnages-lance-lauteur-yvan-godbout

 

 

At Cogeco Média, radio host Patrick Lagacé of Le Québec maintenant interviews Godbout:

https://www.fm1069.ca/audio/335119/yvan-godbout

 

 

At Radio-Canada, Rania Massoud reports:

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1736292/pornographie-juvenile-auteur-yvan-godbout-acquitte-marcoux

 

 

Stéphanie Marin of La Presse Canadienne reports:

https://www.lesoleil.com/actualite/lauteur-yvan-godbout-et-son-editeur-sont-acquittes-de-pornographie-juvenile-79630a8e08b2b4e53870db7b51fb1e1d

 

 

In La Presse, Louis-Samuel Perron reports:

https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-faits-divers/2020-09-24/l-auteur-yvan-godbout-acquitte-de-production-de-pornographie-juvenile.php

 

 

At Le Journal de Montréal, Michael Nguyen reports:

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2020/09/24/pornographie-juvenile-lauteur-yvan-godbout-acquitte

 

 

COMMENTARY IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH

 

L’Association national des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) comments:

Communiqué : Affaire Hansel et Gretel. L’ANEL soulagée par le jugement de la Cour supérieure

 

 

Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ) comments:

Yvan Godbout acquitté : l’UNEQ salue la décision du tribunal et le courage de l’auteur

 

 

PEN Canada comments:

Canada: Concerns Around Prosecution of Yvan Godbout

 

P.E.N. Québec comments:

Affaire Hansel et Gretel : l’inquiétude grandit dans la communauté littéraire selon l’UNEQ

 

News byte courtesy: R. Franklin Carter