Indigo has pulled an issue of Harper’s containing a 10-page article reprinting the infamous Mohammed cartoons, as well as work by Art Spiegelman and two Israeli artists inspired by that cuckoo Iranian call for Holocaust cartoons to “test the limits of Western tolerance of free speech”.
In a memo obtained by The Globe and Mail that was e-mailed to Indigo managers yesterday about “what to do if customers question Indigo’s censorship” of Harper’s, employees are told to say that “the decision was made based on the fact that the content about to be published has been known to ignite demonstrations around the world. Indigo [and its subsidiaries] Chapters and Coles will not carry this particular issue of the magazine but will continue to carry other issues of this publication in the future.”
Harper’s publisher John MacArthur said he was “genuinely shocked” by Indigo’s action, in part because two large U.S. chains, Borders and Waldenbooks, are selling the issue.
“I’d expect an American company to do this, not a Canadian,” Mr. MacArthur said yesterday. “Even though you have tougher libel laws than us and your own versions of political correctness, to my mind [Canada] has always been a freer place for political discourse.”
Not any more Johnny-boy. As per usual, we inherit your political climate about 5 years later. There suddenly are stetsons with fat, old, politically-connected CEOs under them everywhere.