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The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in a bid to avoid offending Muslims. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, presenter Jim Naughtie said: “I’ve got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people. Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork.” A spokesman for OUP said: “OUP’s commitment to its mission of academic and educational excellence is absolute. Our materials are sold in nearly 200 countries, and as such, and without compromising our commitment in any way, we encourage some authors of educational materials respectfully to consider cultural differences and sensitivities.”

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