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IKEA and Banned Books Week

IKEA and Banned Books Week

As the American Library Association kick off Banned Book Week, an annual event designed to draw attention to censorship issues, a bizarre case of visual censorship by IKEA is in the news. The Swedish furniture company acknowledged that catalogs distributed in Saudi Arabia were retouched, with women disappearing from some photos. For example, the Swedish publication Metro noted that an original photo showed a pajama-clad woman standing at a bathroom sink, with two children and a man nearby -- the very picture of "Leave it to Beaver" wholesomeness. But in the Saudi version, the woman has vanished -- even her reflection in the mirror is gone. In a statement, IKEA's worldwide...

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