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Laura Murray is an Associate Professor in the English Department of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and creator of the website


Samuel Trosow is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He is jointly appointed in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

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Progressive Librarians Guild statement on Wikileaks PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 December 2010

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) has issued a strong condemnation of the blocking of Wikileaks by the Library of Congress, rejecting the justifications the library has given in defense of the move. 


The statement speaks for itself . . .


On Wikileaks and the Library of Congress:
A Statement by the Progressive Librarians Guild

December 4, 2010.

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) condemns in the strongest possible terms the blocking of Wikileaks by the Library of Congress and rejects on all grounds their arguments in defense of this move.

The action is a violation of American librarianship's historic commitments to the public's right to know, to freedom of the press and to the very essence of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. It is also in violation of the American Library Association's most fundamental commitments to intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights.

We call on the American Library Association (ALA) to condemn unequivocally this move by the Library of Congress to actively conspire in preventing access to information in the public interest Blocking access to this published information is censorship, plain and simple, and supporting sanctions against reading is endorsing abridgment of intellectual freedom. The documentation’s open publication by an agency of the free press, Wikileaks, renders its government classification status irrelevant.

For the Library of Congress, blocking access and rationalizing censorship is an unacceptable acquiescence to the government's abusive attempt to put the genie back in the bottle with regards to leaked documents which, among other things, expose the government's own malfeasance, malevolence and even criminality in the conduct of the people's affairs, in matters of vital public concern, citizen's fullest knowledge and discussion of which are in the interest of democracy, freedom, peace, rule of law and good governance here and around the world.

We also call on ALA to oppose the government's directives barring individuals in other Federal agencies, the armed forces and working for government contractors from viewing published material discomfiting to the authorities.

We call on ALA as well to join us in condemning the ongoing and escalating US government-led witch-hunt against Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.

Progressive Librarians Guild, Coordinating Committee (PLG-CC)
December 4, 2010


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I am an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS).


Before coming to Western, I was a law librarian at the Boalt Hall Law Library at the University of California at Berkeley and before that I was in private law practice in California. My doctoral work in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA focused on information policy issues.


I am currently a Network Investigator and Theme Leader with the GRAND NCE and also serve on the Librarians Committee of the  Canadian Association of University Teachers.

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