Statement by Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID) concerning the lawsuit against Dale Askey


Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID) (Library and Information in Germany), the umbrella association of library associations, is deeply concerned that Edwin Mellen Press is attempting to influence the freedom of opinion of academic librarians and thus the freedom of research and teaching through private legal action against Dale Askey. Librarians publishing qualified evaluations of publications reflect the expression of a pluralistic and democratic society. Attempting to suppress the shaping of a public opinion constitutes a serious offense against our democracy and the free expression of opinion. Therefore, Bibliothek & Information Deutschland appeals to Edwin Mellen Press to withdraw their legal action against Dale Askey.

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