Oct 19, 2015

Irish translators concerned over Scientology links

October 17, 2015

Irish language translators have expressed concern after learning material presented to them to translate for a so-called charity was in fact connected to the Church of Scientology.

The material was for Narconon, a drug rehabilitation programme established by L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology in the United States.

One translator told Nuacht RTÉ that she had been told be a translation service called ProZ.com that the work was intended for a charity organisation with limited funds and as a result the rate of reimbursement would be lower than the standard rate for such work.

However, when the work was further posted on Facebook, several translators who copied the material into search engines found that it was extracts from Narconon.

Some translators told RTÉ that there was a lack of clarity about the organisation for whom the translation was intended and they should have been told they were working for a large organisation with ample funds.

The agency, Narconon or the Church of Scientology have not commented about the matter.


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