Turkey: Children’s book treated as porn
ISTANBUL: Turkey has ruled that million-selling book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls should be partially bannedandtreatedlike pornography because it could have a “detrimental influence” on young people.
Thebook, whichhasbeenpublished in 47 languages, offers a series of inspiring stories about women from history for young children. But in a decision published last week, theTurkishgovernment’s board for the protection of minorsfromobscenepublications said, “Some of the writings in the book will have a detrimental influence on the minds of those under the age of 18.” That means it can only be sold to over-18s and must be concealed from view in shops.
Speaking to AFP on Friday, one of the authors, US-based Francesca Cavallo, said she was saddened by the decision. “Girls deserve to grow up surrounded bymorefemalerolemodels. They deserve to growupthinkingthat they canbeanythingtheywant,” she said.
“Whenagovernmentisscared by a children’s book promoting equality, thatmeansthatpromoting these messagesthroughchildren’s literature can have and is having an impact.”