Huh? Now here's something I don't understand and would love one of you more clued up guys to explain to me.
Why have the titles of Islamic books in a Paris bookshop been blacked out by censors (in an article about the banning of the burqa) in my Malaysian edition of The International Herald Tribune?
Here is the original pic from The New York Times :
And here is my photo of the hardcopy page - not terribly good quality, but you get the picture :
Does anyone have any idea what the title of the blanked out books are, and why some censorship has been carried out? What arcane knowledge is being hidden from out eyes least it pollute our minds? Of course NYT/Trib readers are so naive and impressionable!
The censorship of IHT pictures is quite commonplace, but usually it is the cleavage which is attacked. We aren't supposed to know about women's boobs, of course. (It was vaudeville queen Sophie Tucker's bosom that got expunged today - you can feast your eyes on it here.) Now it seems we aren't supposed to know about books either!
Presumably this censorship is carried out with the collusion of the NYT/Trib which I think is more than a tad shameful. Malaysian readers deserve the content they pay for. (If anyone from the paper passes this way, could we have a statement please?)
But let's be thankful for small mercies. At least the offending parts these days are blanked digitally and no longer by a chap with a black felt pen that penetrates the page. That, I suppose is progress.