Silencing words

Illegal Iranian edition of the “Satanic Verses” (© Olaf Simons)

Almost since the first words were written down, attempts have been made to censor them. But those who try to suppress the word (for religious, political or other reasons) by punishing writers have found that silence is not so easy to enforce. Words will come out in the end.

In this programme, Dheera Sujan talks about censorship and what has motivated it. She intersperses the programme with excerpts from books that were banned at one time or another.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: October 2000