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What is it, to ban?
An edict from the government to simply disallow a thing. That thing might be diesel cars or single use plastic where the driver is to improve the environment for future generations. Or like the smoking ban or unhealthy food promotions it could be to improve the general health of the population. But what about books?
Books which can illuminate, frustrate, entertain and perplex but are overwhelming a force to spread literacy and knowledge throughout the world. It seems amazing, that something of paper and ink can create such anger and fear to elicit a ban. You may associate a ban with something that totalitarian regimes of the 20th Century might do. But book banning exists in many countries. Even in the UK. Although not a ban, even Harry Potter got a healthy amount of protest…
For this VoteTopic, voters responded to the news of an increase in youth reading and increased discussions around the banning and changing of books. They explored some examples, including the Roald Dahl changes, and analysed reasons why a text might be restricted.
“We think children should be able to choose their own books as they can pick what they are interested in and expand their imagination with things they like, but we do think there should be some adult guidance to ensure they are appropriate."
"Books are the historical representation of past and current views of society therefore we cannot ban them. Free speech is a human right."
“Banning books is a dangerous thing, it's like silencing people on their thoughts and freedom of speech."