July 25th, 2009

Amazon sued over neo-Nazi books

Berlin – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has sued the online retailer Amazon for violating German incitement laws by selling books that trivialize Nazism and promote anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. "It is unacceptable that books are for sale on Amazon.de that normally are only available under the counter in far-right extremist shops," said AJC Berlin director Deidre Berger in a statement. "We call on Amazon to immediately remove all banned books from the catalogue." Christine Höger, a spokeswoman for Amazon, said that "of course" the company did not sell any books that were banned or classified as unsuitable for under-18s. She said that in the future, too, customers would be able to find books on Amazon "in which dubious views about Nazism are expressed". "Amazon is a retailer, not a regulation authority," Höger stressed. She argued that the best response to "questionable literature" was not removing them but more discussion. (25.07.2009)