Censorship and Scientology
So. A book on Scientology by an Irish author, published by an Irish publisher, has been removed from online bookshop Amazon.co.uk. The book, The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology, by John Duignan, recounts his 22 years as a member of the Church, and his description of a dramatic escape from what he now describes as a cult. A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology confirmed that Duignan had been a member, but says the book, co-authored by Nicola Tallant, is littered with falsehoods about the organisation. According to Duignan, who was born in Scotland but holds an Irish passport, the decision to pull his book from Amazon’s UK site tallies with what he describes as the Church’s tactics in agressively attacking any publication critical of Scientology. Add to this the fact that Tom Cruise’s representative has reportedly had to issue a denial that the actor, a high profile member of the Church, had any personal involvement in the book’s withdrawal from Amazon.co.uk. Amazon explained that the decision was made after it was contacted by lawyers acting on behalf of an individual who claimed to have been defamed in the book, and cited Britain’s strict libel laws for their withdrawal of the book. It’s not often you get an Irish publisher and Tom Cruise in the same story, with lashings of censorship and Scientology added to the mix. Anyone else been following this? And has anyone actually read the book?