Castro & The Librarians

“A bitter, months-long dispute within the American Library Association – the largest nation-based organization of librarians in the world – continues as to whether to demand that Fidel Castro release 10 imprisoned independent librarians found guilty of making available to Cubans copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights.” The ALA had the chance, at its recent convention, to call for the release of their Cuban colleagues, but a motion to this effect was overwhelmingly defeated in favor of a tepid statement of “deep concern” over the imprisonments.