Hachette UK Says Staff Cannot Boycott Work On J. K. Rowling’s New Book Amid Trans Controversy

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been knee-deep in controversy for quite some time after a controversial social media post. Her post was believed to be against the transgender community. What followed was a detailed essay by the author justifying her tweet on transgender issues and a section of her publisher’s staff not agreeing to work with her.

In more recent developments, the staff has been told by Hachette UK that they cannot refuse to work with the author on her new book, The Ickabog. According to the publisher’s statement, “Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of publishing. We fundamentally believe that everyone has the right to express their own thoughts and beliefs. That’s why we never comment on our authors’ personal views and we respect our employees’ right to hold a different view. We will never make our employees work on a book whose content they find upsetting for personal reasons, but we draw a distinction between that and refusing to work on a book because they disagree with an author’s views outside their writing, which runs contrary to our belief in free speech.”

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