Paper Plus says it will not stock a new book written in collaboration with the mother of the Kahui twins.
ONE News revealed on Monday that journalist Ian Wishart has penned a new book with Macsyna King about the deaths of her sons.
There have been growing calls for people to boycott the book, Breaking Silence, and Paper Plus released a statement today saying it has listened to those calls.
Paper Plus CEO Rob Smith said: "Over the past 24 hours we had a significant volume of feedback from our customers both online via our Paper Plus Facebook page as well as through individual communication to our stores and support office. We have also been in close consultation with our franchise holders and staff to understand their position on this subject."
"The prevailing opinion is that our stores do not feel comfortable selling this book and our customers do not want to buy it. This is certainly not about censorship or Paper Plus taking the moral high ground. We are simply listening to our most important stakeholders and acting in accordance with their feelings."
The Paper Plus Group is to be commended for listening to its customers. We understand too that The Warehouse will not be stocking the book either, and will confirm that in due course.
In the meantime, there are now over 25,000 people who have clicked the "like" button on the Boycott the Macsyna King Book Facebook page. Whilst some of the comments being left there don't make nice reading, there are positive things happening. Among them is a suggestion from the page's administrator that people write to the Chief Coroner, Judge Neil Maclean asking him to use his powers to make the book available to both the Coroner conducting the inquest which is in progress at the moment and to the Police. Surely, if Ian Wishart has new evidence, it should be released to the appropriate authorities.
People Power is alive and well. And in the time since we started this post, went out to a meeting and then returned, it has been confirmed that The Warehouse has a corporate conscience as well, and that Whitcoulls will make an announcement tomorrow. That's good news indeed.