Tuesday, October 13, 2009

English PEN attacks 'Criminal Memoirs' law

English PEN attacks 'Criminal Memoirs' law

October 2, 2009As part of the English PEN campaign against the Government's proposed new 'Criminal Memoirs' law, we have published a briefing document for parliamentarians and the press.

Download the 'Criminal Memoirs' briefing [2Mb PDF]

The document shows how the proposed law is too broad in its scope, with insufficient safeguards against abuse. Writing by ex-criminals will be subject to permenant scrutiny. Art with a genuine public interest could be threaten by populist campaigns, while vindictive glorification of crime would still be possible.

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