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Freedom of speech and the Danish cartoon controversy
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Freedom of speech and the Danish cartoon controversy

introduction Free speech is a fundamental human right and a central tenet of democracy. Or is it? Reactions to the controversy reveal strong divergences among liberals about what the right to free speech entails. [ more ]

07.12.2006

 
Kenan Malik

How to become a real Muslim

offence The media has colluded with self-promoting but marginal Muslim clerics to create a cycle of self-reinforcing myths around the Mohammed cartoons. The fear of causing offence undermines progressive trends in Islam and strengthens the hand of religious bigots. [ more ]

22.04.2010
Jytte Klausen

See no evil

cartoon controversy "They have turned my book into another chapter of this fruitless debate." Jytte Klausen talks to "Index on Censorship" about the controversial decision of Yale University Press to publish her book on the Danish cartoon crisis without reproductions of the cartoons themselves. [ more ]

25.01.2010
Ian Jack

Pictures, provocation, and free expression

to reprint or not to reprint? The decision by some European newspapers to reprint the Mohammed cartoons smacked of arrogance and moral posturing, says the editor of Granta. [ more ]

16.02.2006
George Blecher

Politics dressed up as principle

Something rotten in the state of Denmark? When the Danish prime minister defended the Jyllands-Posten cartoons on the grounds of freedom of expression, he failed to acknowledge his political loyalties. [ more ]

06.03.2006
 
Kenan Malik

Say what you think

The importance of giving offence It is both inevitable and important that people offend the sensibilities of others, says Kenan Malik. Without that, society would be less progressive and alive. [ more ]

09.02.2006
Tom Stoppard

Playing the trump card

A human right? The current confusion over freedom of speech is the result of liberalism's persistence in seeing a "right" as something to be claimed rather than accorded. [ more ]

17.02.2006
Ronald Dworkin

A new map of censorship

A human right! Is freedom of speech a universal human right? Ronald Dworkin defends a principle that should allow no compromise. [ more ]

29.03.2006
 
Göran Rosenberg

Freedom of expression and its limits

public sphere The principle of absolute freedom of expression is always qualified by tacit agreements within societies on what can and cannot be said. [ more ]

03.03.2006
Isolde Charim

Culture as battlefield

public sphere A sea change in the public sphere has brought a "language of ethical demands", in which religion becomes the medium of conflict, writes Isolde Charim. [ more ]

13.04.2006
Richard Sambrook

Regulation, reponsibility, and the case against censorship

public sphere Is there ever a time and a place for censorship? Not if the media understands its responsibilities, argues the BBC's head of news. [ more ]

16.02.2006
 
Christoph Türcke

Blasphemy

On the structure of mass insult

mocking the weak? Satire, a necessary instrument of rationalist critique, becomes triumphalist when directed at the humiliated. It was the perception of the Mohammed cartoons as the West's victorious mockery that so incensed the Islamic world. [ more ]

16.06.2006
Agnčs Callamard

Can we say what we want?

protecting the strong? The action brought by Islamic groups against the French satirical paper "Charlie-Hebdo", after it reprinted the notorious Danish cartoons, recently fell through. Is free speech really in danger worldwide? [ more ]

27.04.2007
Rashed Chowdhury

Caught in the crossfire

Minorities in Eastern Europe The Belarusian government has cited offence caused by the reprinting of the Danish Muhammad cartoons as a pretext for a further crackdown on the independent media. Nevertheless, within parts of the Belarusian opposition, hostility towards Muslims is real. [ more ]

23.05.2008
 
Salil Tripathi

Schmucks and miniskirts

moderate Islam To restrict freedom of expression to mollify Islamic extremists is patronizing and offensive to moderate Muslims, according to Salil Tripathi. [ more ]

17.02.2006
Ursula Owen

Getting used to offence

multiculturalism Should people in a multi-cultural society be protected from offence and insult simply because they demand it in the name of religion? A commentary on the British debate. [ more ]

10.03.2006
Tahar Ben Jelloun

Pride and prejudice

no laughing matter Religions tend to suffer from humourlessness – but that doesn't disentitle them to respect, says Tahar Ben Jelloun. [ more ]

18.04.2006
Rachid Benzine, Luca Sebastiani

The new paths of modern Islam

interpreting the koran In an interview about the Mohammed cartoons, Rachid Benzine advocates a new reading of the Koran with the instruments of the social sciences. [ more ]

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