If you have grand plans of lying back on the beach and relaxing with a copy of The Great Big Narcotics Cookbook this summer, bad news: You won’t be finding it at your local library or bookshop. It’s one of the nearly 1300 books that are either banned or restricted by New Zealand’s Office of Film and Literature Classification. On the list you’ll find a fair stack of books along the lines of Virgins in the Hayloft, Spanking Illustrated volume two (but interestingly not volume one), or the very subtly-named Doing It. Many bannings are vestiges of the 1960s and 70s when books were held to different moral standards. These days books are rarely blacklisted, except if they’re considered to promote either extreme violence or certain sexual acts involving coercion, exploitation of children, bestiality, necrophilia, use of urine, or use of excrement. READ MORE:Internet service providers block video game inspired by terrorist attackTerrorist publication and Christchurch shooting video game bannedChief Censor David Shanks says an entirely new media regulator may be needed Some newer books and writings on the list are the Secrets Of Methamphetamine Manufacture 8th Edition and the Christchurch terrorist’s manifesto, which New Zealand’s chief censor David Shanks… Read full this story
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