Ryerson Faculty Association Statement of Support


The librarian members of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) wish to publicly affirm their support for Dale Askey in his defence from the outstanding lawsuit brought against him by Edwin Mellen Press’ (EMP) founder and editor, Herbert Richardson. Although recent lawsuits from EMP itself have been dropped against Dale, we view this latest legal action from Mr. Richardson as a diversionary tactic to continue with the original intent of EMP’s lawsuits, while appearing to appease the library community, who have very publicly opposed EMP’s actions. The aims of Mr. Richardson and Edwin Mellen Press remain the same - to infringe upon Dale’s freedom of expression and to silence critics of its publications through intimidation. As such, we will refrain from purchasing titles from this publisher until Mr. Richardson ceases this legal action.

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