A major Western publishing house is censoring English-language textbooks for publication in a Middle Eastern dictatorship, Clarion Project has learned.
A source who works within the publishing industry who spoke to Clarion on the condition of anonymity revealed the extent of the censorship after becoming appalled at what was being asked.
“Shakespeare, Whitman and other major english language writers have to be redacted,” they said.
The country, which we cannot name, commissioned the publishing house to edit textbooks used to teach English to high school students in grades 6-12. In addition to academic alterations to fit with the curriculum, the education department of the unnamed country gave publishers a lengthy list of demands for editors to bring the educational materials, in line with the state’s official ideology.
The list of demands includes:
The publishing house appears to have committed to making all the required alterations without protest. Although some staff are reportedly uncomfortable with the proposed changes, they need the money. As an editor in a European publishing house told the source “If they say jump, we say how high?”
It is chilling that Middle-Eastern dictatorships are able to use their financial clout to co-opt Western institutions into helping them oppress their own people. Restricting access to education in this manner and censoring so many topics is an extremely repressive tactic aimed at keeping the populace indoctrinated and loyal to the regime and to state mandated interpretations of Islam.