Five Publishers Join Penguin Random House in Iowa Censorship Lawsuit

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Simon & Schuster, and Sourcebooks have joined Penguin Random House and other plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the state of Iowa. 

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Simon & Schuster, and Sourcebooks have joined Penguin Random House, the Iowa State Education Association, authors Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Malinda Lo, and Jodi Picoult; three educators, and a high school student in a lawsuit against the state of Iowa. 

The suit is in response to a law (SF 496) that prohibits books containing any description or depiction of a “sex act”—regardless of context—from Iowa school and classroom libraries.

The five new publishers in the suit issued a joint statement: “We as publishers are uniting in our unwavering commitment to stand with educators, librarians, students, authors, and readers against the unconstitutional censorship measures being imposed by the state of Iowa. The alarming rise of book bans across the country demands our collective action. Now, more than ever, we must stand firmly with our authors and readers to defend the fundamental right to read and the freedom of expression.”

Read the full press release below.

 

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