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The bookseller threatens to sue all publishers

(TV 2)
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Lawyer Brynjar Meling is evaluating the possibility to sue all the publishers in the countries where the book "The Bookseller of Kabul" have been issued. The bookseller has presented 40 complaints against the book.

So far “The Bookseller of Kabul” is scheduled to be published in a total of 17 countries. So far the book has been published in Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Great Britain and the Baltic countries. The book is also planned to be launched in the US.

“In addition to the suit against Åsne Seierstad and Cappelen we will now consider suing the publishers in the countries where the book has been issued,” Brynjar Meling said to TV 2 Nettavisen.

“Defamatory in all countries”

Brynjar Meling represents Shah Mohammad, whose house Åsne Seierstad lived at in Kabul after Taliban’s fall. The bookseller claims he and his family have been severely violated, and that they are in mortal danger because of Åsne Seierstad’s book.

“When we are going to stop the book, we can probably not only be limited to Norway. The content of the book is defamatory regardless of where it is published. We therefore want to get parts of the book modified in all countries where the book will be published,” Meling said.

Going through the book

Meling believes it will be difficult to get the publishers in the countries in question to withdraw the book. It would be simpler to stop the book if there exists a judgement that the book breaches the law of defamation in the country.

Meling and Shah Mohammad have started to go through the book to get an overview of the points that Mohammad claims are wrong or very defamatory.

“Until now, he has located 40 complaints, but these are not yet organized in regards to the book. There may be more or there may be less. It is too soon to say

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