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Libya: Security forces confiscate novels from bookstore

21 July 2017
The Tejwal bookstore in Tripoli has stopped importing books from Egypt on 8 April 2017 after security forces confiscated 31 fictional book titles.
Photo: Tejwal bookstore/Facebook

 

The Tejwal bookstore in Tripoli has stopped importing books from Egypt and launched a campaign named ‘Stop the confiscation of books’ on 8 April 2017 after security forces confiscated 31 fictional book titles at the Ajdabiya checkpoint, according to Alwasat.

‘’Armed militias in eastern Libya confiscated the books we imported from Egypt. They claimed that these books spread infidelity, atheism and moral disintegration and because of the brutality and strength of the militias, we were unable to retrieve the confiscated books. We still cannot take the risk of importing new books,” Tejwal bookstore founder Hatem Al-Ziyani told Freemuse.

In their statement, the bookstore warned that such censorship will result in the reluctance of many bookstores to supply books and provide them to readers, since they are all followed around by security forces and accused of promoting immoral issues and atheism.

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