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Banned Books Week was initiated by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982 in response to an increasing number of challenges in the US to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week UK is a week long celebration of the freedom to read coordinated by partner organisations Index on Censorship, The British Library, English PEN, Free Word Centre, Islington Library and Heritage Services, Media Diversified, The Publishers Association, the Royal Society of Literature, Hachette UK and Libraries Connected in association with the ALA.

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“There is no idea more dangerous than the idea that some ideas are too dangerous to encounter.

There are books I deplore as foolish, hateful or simply very, very poor — but I recognise that the power to suppress books is much more likely to be used against the books I admire (books that challenge power, orthodoxy and the establishment) than the books that offend me, which tend to be bootlicking texts celebrating the divine right of kings, bankers and other unsavoury types.”

– Cory Doctorow