Publishing faces 'watershed moment' on free expression, Alexander and Shelley say

Publishing faces 'watershed moment' on free expression, Alexander and Shelley say

Publishing recruits must be warned they may have to work on books by people they don't agree with as the industry faces “a watershed moment” on free expression, Hachette c.e.o. David Shelley and literary agent Clare Alexander have told a Lords committee.

The pair spoke on 27th April to the Communications & Digital Committee investigating freedom of expression online, which included a discussion of “cancel culture” and authors feeling they had to self-censor.

Committee member Gail Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House, highlighted a number of recent incidents, from Kazuo Ishiguro's warning...

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