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Reference materials Silencing criticism, censorship
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Jan 30, 1990
Judge bars unauthorized biography L. Ron Hubbard — UPI
Jan 21, 1990
A tale of capture and brainwashing / Medina clan tells how cult ruled lives — Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)
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Oct 26, 1989
The judges of history rule — Wall Street Journal
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Type: Press
Author(s): Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Two recent decisions by federal courts cast judges in the odd role of telling authors how they should write history and biography. These decisions deserve more attention than they have received from scholars, and from journalists as well. Russell Miller's "Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard" is a biography of the founder of the Church of Scientology. Mr. Hubbard, who died in 1986, bequeathed the copyrights on his writings to his church, which licensed them to New Era ...
Sep 5, 1989
Her time to speak has come — Wisconsin State Journal
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Type: Press
Author(s): George Hesselberg
Source: Wisconsin State Journal
It is not so unusual to buy silence. It's what you have to pay that is sometimes unusual. Sometimes, it is simply a threat of harm. Sometimes, it is money. And, sometimes, it is both. In 1981, when Marjery Wakefield was working as a waitress in Madison, three people showed up at her apartment to dissuade her from filing a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. They stayed for three days and gave her $16,000, which she used to pay back ...
Aug 23, 1989
Scientology files can be opened, magistrate rules — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen Koff
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
TAMPA — In a forceful pronouncement of press and public rights, a federal magistrate has recommended that four sealed Church of Scientology case files be opened. Scientology lawyer Paul Johnson said the church "respectfully disagrees" with U.S. Magistrate Paul Game Jr.'s report, and will ask a federal judge to review the magistrate's findings. Until a federal judge rules, the files will be sealed, Johnson said. Game's ruling was released Aug. 15 and received by the St Petersburg Times on Tuesday. U.S. ...
Aug 10, 1989
Ex-Member defies gag order, speaks out against Scientology — Associated Press
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Type: Press
Source: Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former member of the Church of Scientology is defying church lawyers and a federal judge by publicly alleging that the church held her captive and committed fraud by promising to cure her mental illness. Margery Wakefield, 41, is prohibited under a 1986 federal court settlement from speaking out against the cult, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. But she says she is ignoring the gag order so she can expose church practices and warn potential ...
Aug 2, 1989
Ex-Scientologist risks jail to speak against church — Orlando Sentinel
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Type: Press
Author(s): Claire Dezern
Source: Orlando Sentinel
TAMPA — You shouldn't be reading this story. The tale of Margery Wakefield vs. the Church of Scientology is supposed to be a secret. Church officials say so. So does a federal judge. In fact, Wakefield could go to jail for talking about the 12 years she spent as a member of the cult, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. Wakefield, 41, is talking anyway, braving the threats of Scientology lawyers and testing the patience of a U.S. district judge. ...
Jul 28, 1989
Biographer to view work on Hubbard in copyright battle — Wall Street Journal
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Type: Press
Author(s): Wade Lambert
Source: Wall Street Journal
NEW YORK — In a decision putting copyright concerns ahead of free-press interests, a federal judge ordered that a manuscript about L. Ron Hubbard be turned over to his authorized biographer for inspection before publication. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled that New Era Publications International had reason to believe its copyrights might be violated by the planned book on the late Mr. Hubbard, who died in 1986. The judge said permitting New Era to see Carol Publishing Group's edited manuscript ...
Jul 11, 1989
Woman reveals Scientology secrets — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen Koff
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Margery Wakefield got $200,000 for settling a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology in 1986. In return, Scientology thought it had bought Ms. Wakefield's perpetual silence. She wasn't supposed to disclose the $200,000 figure. She wasn't supposed to talk about Scientology's lop-secret training techniques. And she wasn't supposed to make claims about alleged hypnosis and Satanism in the church. But Ms. Wakefield's been talking, going on Tampa Bay radio twice recently to discuss just these things. In so doing, she's testing ...
Jul 2, 1989
Scientology's best-seller // Savvy marketers, blurring ties to California 'church,' keep 40-year-old tract at top of the list — New York Post
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Type: Press
Author(s): Daniel Harris
Source: New York Post
EVEN the strongest stomach at this summer's American Booksellers convention must have heaved in protest when comely goons hired by Bridge Publications, the publishing arm of the Church of Scientology, marched up and down the aisles of the auditorium literally setting ablaze a book by L. Ron Hubbard — a "hot" author, get it? — a man who is said to have improved the lives (If not the careers) of such celebrities as Sonny Bono and John Travolta. Judging from their ...
Jun 15, 1989
Church of Scientology argues for keeping court files sealed — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen Koff
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
TAMPA — A newspaper waited too long before asking a judge to open court files that were sealed more than two years ago, attorneys for the Church of Scientology argued Wednesday. "It's unprecedented, this kind of wait," said new York lawyer Michael Lee Hertzberg. He was referring to the 26 months that went by after U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sealed four lawsuits that were settled with the church in 1986. But at a hearing before federal magistrate Paul Game ...
Jun 2, 1989
Judge removes himself from Scientology case — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen Koff
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
A Pinellas judge presiding over a Scientology tax dispute has removed himself from the case because of a newspaper report that cited a real estate transaction between the judge and the Church of Scientology. The St. Petersburg Times reported in December that Circuit Judge Howard P. Rives, who was presiding over a lawsuit concerning taxes on Scientology properties, sold one of those properties to the church in 1979. Rives said in December that there was no conflict in his role because ...
May 6, 1989
Magistrate to hear Scientology case — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Apr 27, 1989
Narconon-Chilocco drug treatment plant may be part of notorious religious cult — Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert W. Lobsinger
Source: Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
NEWKIRK, OK – A proposed drug treatment and rehabilitation center which could be in operation on Indian land at the former Chilocco Indian School north of Newkirk by June 15th may be part of a notorious religious cult. Narconon was approved for a 75-bed facility by the State Health Planning Commission in January of this year as part of The Chilocco Development Authority. The projected cost is $400,000 for renovation and the five Indian tribes involved are projected to receive $16,000,000 ...
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Aug 11, 1988
Judge won't halt book on Scientology leader — New York Times
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Type: Press
Source: New York Times
A Federal judge has refused to halt the publication of "Bare-Faced Messiah," by Russell Miller, a biography critical of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. Henry Holt & Company had shipped some 12,500 copies of the book last April. The next month New Era Publications International, a corporation in Denmark, obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting Holt from distributing additional copies. The plaintiff contended that the Holt book infringes its copyright by including published and unpublished works ...
Aug 11, 1988
On the Ron — NY Daily News (New York)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Anne L. Adams
Source: NY Daily News (New York)
A brutal bio of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, will get to see the light. Again. The News' Alex Michellini reports that New Era Publications, a Danish corporation related to the church, tried to enjoin the distribution of Russel Miller's "Bare-Faced: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard." New Era charged that the book and its publisher, Henry Holt & Co. infringed on certain copyrighted material. Maybe it does, just a little, said Federal Judge Pierre Leval. ...
Jun 1, 1988
Court reverses fair use ruling on Hubbard bio — Publisher's Weekly
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Type: Press
Source: Publisher's Weekly
Latest in a line of rulings turning on fair use, a U.S. Appeals Court has overturned a lower court's injunction that prevented publication of a critical biography of L. Ron Hubbard as long as it contained copyrighted material from the published writings of the late founder of Scientology. New Era Publications, which owns Hubbard's copyrights, had won the injunction earlier this year when the district court ruled that the use of 103 passages taken from 43 published works by Hubbard was ...
May 21, 1988
Court halts distribution of Hubbard biography — New York Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Edwin McDowell
Source: New York Times
A Federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Henry Holt & Company from distributing additional copies of a biography highly critical of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. Some 12,500 copies of the book, Bare-Faced Messiah by Russell Miller, were shipped to bookstores on April 27. The court order, handed down yesterday in Manhattan by Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, affects the 10,000 ...
Dec 3, 1987
Court rejects bid to ban Scientologist's biography — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas Claridge
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
A Federal Court of Canada judge rejected a bid yesterday to ban Canadian publication of an unauthorized biography of L. Ron Hubbard, describing the Church of Scientology's founder as an author of "outlandish, foolish, vicious, racist writings." In dismissing a motion by Danish publisher New Era Publications International ApS, Mr. Justice Bud Cullen said the material supplied to the court by the plaintiff "falls far short of the evidence required to sustain" the request for an interim injunction. In the 10-page ...
Dec 2, 1987
Bid to ban book said 'harassment' by Scientologists — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
L. Ron Hubbard was portrayed yesterday in court as a devious cult leader who believed he'd gone to heaven — twice — and was ruthless in his treatment of those perceived as enemies of the church he founded. Hubbard, who died last year, advised his followers to use the courts to "harass and discourage" critics, lawyers for Key Porter Books argued in Federal Court. They said a court bid to stop publication of a biography of Hubbard is a thinly disguised ...
Dec 2, 1987
Lawyer says biography in breach of copyright — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas Claridge
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
A bid to block Canadian publication of an unauthorized biography of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, was portrayed yesterday by a lawyer for the would-be publisher as "an attempt to circumvent the rule that the dead cannot sue for libel." David Potts also told Mr. Justice Bud Cullen of the Federal Court of Canada that the bid for a temporary injunction was a masquerade and an abuse of process. The injunction is being sought by New Era ...
Nov 15, 1987
Scientologists in dirty campaign to stop book — The Sunday Times (UK)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Palmer
Source: The Sunday Times (UK)
THE CHURCH of Scientology has mounted a campaign of intimidation and harassment against the author and publisher of a new book on the founder of the religious cult to be serialised shortly by The Sunday Times. Scientologists and private detectives have been used to put pressure on people in Britain and the United States involved in the forthcoming publication of Bare Faced Messiah: the True Story of L Ron Hubbard. Russell Miller, the author, who spent more than two years researching ...
Nov 1, 1987
Cult threatens to sue over book — The Sunday Times (UK)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Palmer
Source: The Sunday Times (UK)
THE CHURCH of Scientology cult has threatened worldwide legal action against The Sunday Times in an attempt to prevent the newspaper today publishing extracts of a new book on its founder. Lawyers representing the church last week said they would sue The Sunday Times and its distributors in more than 50 countries if extracts of a book by Russell Miller, published into today's Sunday Times, breach the copyright of the estate of the late L. Ron Hubbard, scientology's founder. The threats ...
Oct 23, 1987
Scientology loses bid to halt book — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Church of Scientology lost a bid Thursday in a British court to ban a biography of its founder, the late science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. The secretive religious movement, which has a headquarters in Clearwater, had asked the Court of Appeal for an injunction against publication of Bare Faced Messiah by London journalist Russell Miller. Such a ruling would have reversed a High Court decision dismissing their application as "mischievous and misconceived."
Oct 10, 1987
Scientologists fail to suppress book about church's founder — The Guardian (UK)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Peter Murtagh
Source: The Guardian (UK)
An attempt by the Church of Scientology to suppress publication of a book about its founder, Mr Ron Hubbard, failed yesterday when the High Court ruled that legitimate public interest far outweighed an alleged breath of confidentiality. The court ruled that the church's action was "oppressive and mischievous." The book, Barefaced Messiah, by Mr Russell Miller, is due to be serialised later this month in a Sunday newspaper. The church alleged that the book contains two photographs of the late Mr ...
Oct 4, 1987
Copies of cult book puzzle publisher — The Sunday Times (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Charles Oulton
Source: The Sunday Times (UK)
THE PUBLISHERS of a new book on the founder of the Church of Scientology are this weekend attempting to discover how a copy was obtained by the religious cult shortly before it sought an injunction to prevent publication. A woman member of the cult was arrested last week after she collected seven photocopies of the proof of the biography — Bare Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard — from a copying shop in East Grinstead, Sussex, where the ...
Sep 1, 1987
Thugs tried to stop me exposing evil cult // --- says Scientology follower who quit after 22 years
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Type: Press
THE author of a book that allegedly blows the whistle on the bizarre founder of the Church of Scientology says he has been terrorized by cult fanatics seeking to suppress the shocking exposé. "They've sent out thugs to intimidate me, threatened my family, tried to bribe us and even tried to jail the publisher," says Bent Corydon, author of L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah Or Madman? (Lyle Stuart). Corydon, a loyal disciple of Hubbard and his cult for nearly 22 years, now ...
Sep 21, 1986
Sect members mount campaign against author — The Sunday Times (UK)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen Castle
Source: The Sunday Times (UK)
SUPPORTERS of the Church of Scientology have unleashed a campaign of harassment and intimidation against the author and publishers of a book which is highly critical of the cult. The author, Stewart Lamont, has been inundated with threatening letters and telephone calls from members of the sect, both before and since the publication of his book "Religion Inc" this summer. On one occasion Mr Lamont's neighbours were questioned about his private life by callers posing as future employers. Although it was ...
Apr 4, 1986
Inside Scientology — Finally [Breach of faith?] — L.A. Weekly (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Ron Curran, Jennifer Pratt
Source: L.A. Weekly (California)
Breach of Faith? One particular church policy has been partially at the root of the fear and anger: Scientology's alleged use of personal information in members' "confidential" Pre-Clear (PC) folders information confessed during auditing. There is substantial evidence that this information has been culled, perhaps to pressure members either into staying in the church or into not criticizing the church if they do leave. Although Hoden denies such practices ("In all my years here, I have never known of any such ...
Apr 4, 1986
Inside Scientology — Finally [The minutement at the ready] — L.A. Weekly (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Ron Curran, Jennifer Pratt
Source: L.A. Weekly (California)
The Minutemen at the Ready [A 'suppressive person' is] Fair Game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by a Scientologist without discipline of the Scientologist [sic]. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed. —L. Ron Hubbard [Picture / Caption: "Minutemen" line courthouse halls.] On February 15, six police officers stood near the door of Leo Baeck Temple, awaiting the confrontation. They had been called by leaders of Freedom for All in Religion (FAIR), a group ...
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