CLA & LAC Intellectual Freedom

Recently the Library and Archives of Canada (Ottawa) canceled the filming of a controversial film on nuclear power in Iran, entitled Iranium, due to external political pressure and threats. The LAC has been ordered by the Ministry of Heritage to reschedule the film (see links below for more information). In response the CLA has issued a letter reminding all of the importance of intellectual freedom:

“Libraries have a basic responsibility for the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom…
It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee the right of free expression by making available all the library’s public facilities and services to all individuals and groups who need them.
Libraries should resist all efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by individuals and groups.”

For more information see:

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/politics/Heritage+Minister+orders+Library+Archives+Canada+show+controversial+film/4132876/story.html

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/01/21/iranium-will-be-screened-at-library-and-archives-canada-in-february/

http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&CONTENTID=10705&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm

This information was circulated on the CAUT Librarians listserv.

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