Indigo pulls controversial Harper's off the shelves
Globe and Mail Update
Canada's largest retail bookseller has removed all copies of the June issue of Harper's Magazine from its 260 stores, claiming an article by New York cartoonist Art Spiegelman could foment protests similar to those that occurred this year in reaction to the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Indigo Books and Music took the action this week when its executives noticed that the 10-page Harper's article, titled Drawing Blood, reproduced all 12 cartoons first published last September by Jyllands-Posten (The Morning Newspaper).
The article also contains five cartoons, including one by Mr. Spiegelman and two by Israelis, “inspired” by an Iranian newspaper's call in February for an international Holocaust cartoon contest “to test the limits of Western tolerance of free speech.”
Just heard this on CBC so I cheked it out.
Dumb move IMO, I have this particular issue and the piece is hardly offensive, it's just an attempt to examine their impact and show everyone what the big deal was all about, and is hardly the kind of thing that fans the flames of hatred.