'Pedophile's Guide' Prompts Questions Of Publisher's Rights

8 years 1 month 1 week ago Saturday, March 12 2011 Mar 12, 2011 Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:34:00 AM CST March 12, 2011 in Your View
By: Sarah Hill and Megan Granger
loading

COLUMBIA - The first amendment allows journalists to talk about a wide range of topics, from the tame to the controversial. But does freedom of the press extend to the publication of an e-book Amazon.com recently pulled from its website?

The website received a flood of complaints about carrying "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," a self-published e-book by Philip R. Greaves II. Two viewers also notified KOMU-8 that they wanted the book banned. Amazon.com decided to drop the e-book Nov. 12, so, the next day, the KOMU-8 morning team opened up a talk about that decision on Facebook.

"We think our viewers are intelligent and they always have very interesting takes on the stories that we're disseminating," KOMU-8 News Today anchor Megan Murphy said. "So, we decided to ask them if they thought that Pedophile Guide was censorship or not because they're smart, and it was an interesting topic and interesting conversation about first amendment rights."

Steve Wells posted, "It's way past time to draw the line with freedom of speech. Any guide to openly break the law should be banned."

But Russ Lynn said the author "had every right to print the book, and Amazon had every right to carry it, but free market forces prevailed upon Amazon to pull it down or risk censure by its customers."

So, does the first amendment protect the publication of the "Pedophile's Guide"?

"You have got to think about it on two levels. One- is there a broad first amendment right for this guy to self-publish any disgusting work on pedophilia he wishes? Yes. Does Amazon maintain its own right to exclude that work from its store? Yes," MU Journalism School professor Charles Davis said. "And to me, Amazon made a very wise decision as a business, which was to take off some unbelievably toxic content from its site that was going to generate no sales and tremendous outrage."

If you want to comment or question the way we cover the news, or a topic we bring up on Facebook, click on the Your View tab. You can also call us on the Your View comment line at 573-884-NEWS.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit organization, met with Columbia Public Schools to use their new boat, “Lucia,”... More >>
27 minutes ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A new bill is designed to simplify the tax process by cutting the number of income tax... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 2:14:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is seeking a major disaster declaration in response to severe flooding in... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:52:00 AM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Several community members joined Columbia Police Interim Chief Geoff Jones and committee panel members Tuesday to discuss racial... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:21:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's Building Construction Codes Commission approved reconstruction plans for the Columbia Canine Sports Center at a meeting Monday... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:00:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA) filed a lawsuit in Boone County alleging Columbia Public Schools violated... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:58:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Beulah Ralph Elementary School has found its new principal. According to a news release from Columbia Public... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:28:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A donation of 7.81 acres of land was given to the Columbia Parks and Recreation department by MBS... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:10:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri senator described a bill to limit prescription of opioids by dentists as "another tool we... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:40:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Tax preparer H&R Block says its co-founder, Henry Bloch, has died at the age of 96.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:03:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Nathan Schelp is an 11-year-old with an unknown genetic disorder. On Tuesday, he testified in front of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:44:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man facing the death penalty for the murder of his ex-lover appealed his sentence... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:48:00 AM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Mayor's Task Force on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning released its draft with top actions for addressing climate... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:41:00 AM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A postdoctoral fellow of the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing has developed a model to help... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 11:00:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle High School senior Taylor Reed is the first girl to go to college as a woman wrestler... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 11:00:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The owner of Arch and Column Pub said if the cases before the Supreme Court fail, it will... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 10:22:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Race Matters, Friends is celebrating the one-month anniversary of its bail fund, which covers bonds for some people... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 8:03:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Mayor's Task Force on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning released their draft plan Monday night at the... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 7:46:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
4pm 66°
5pm 65°
6pm 64°
7pm 63°