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Fotonovela Subscriptions Ended

Denver Post, Aug. 24

The Denver Public Library has canceled its subscription to four series of Spanish-language fotonovelas, but library officials said they won’t be reviewing similar publications in other languages unless someone files a complaint.

“We have millions of items in our collection, and our job is to strike a balance and serve a diverse community,” library spokeswoman Diane Schieman — Christman said Tuesday. “We aren’t going to do any reviews unless there is a request for reconsideration.”

The library removed the fotonovelas — comic-book-style publications — in response to complaints from illegal-immigration opponents that they contained sexually explicit illustrations.

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“That does make it look as if they are discriminating against the Spanish-language part, not the content,” said Estevan Flores, executive director of the Latino/a Research & Policy Center. “As long as they are in the adult section, I don’t know what the problem is.”

Others said the library — which has been under attack by Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo and the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIR) for serving the Spanish — speaking population — was pushed into a corner.

“Agencies like the library are being attacked, and they have no choice but to retreat,” said Lisa Duran, director of the immigration group Rights for All People.

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The canceled series are “El Libro Vaquero” (“Cowboy Book”), “Frontera Violenta” (“Violent Frontier”), “La Novela Policiaca” (“Police Novel”) and “El Libro Policiaco” (“Police Book”).

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(Posted on August 25, 2005)

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