For some Manitobans, 'freedom' is just another word
It's Freedom to Read Week.
This Saturday, McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park Mall is holding a 24 Hour Freedom to Read Marathon.
Starting at 10 a.m., readers will take turns, in 10 minute segments, reading "from books on the challenged book lost or an article or essay about censorship."
They won't read from Western Standard magazine.
McNally Robinson Booksellers has banned Western Standard magazine during Freedom to Read Week.
Promoters say Freedom to Read week encourages Canadians "to reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom."
Bookstore owner Paul McNally says he'll decide what intellectual freedom is and he's willing to censor reading material if that's what it takes.
From the Freedom to Read website
( http://freedomtoread.ca/) : FREEDOM TO READ
Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.