Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Cardiff University Double Standards

From BBC News:
A student newspaper has recalled 8,000 copies and suspended its editor after publishing a cartoon satirising the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

It is thought Cardiff University's student union paper Gair Rhydd is the first UK publication to use the image which has caused global protests.
[...]
"The Students' Union very much regrets any upset caused or disrespect shown by the publication of the controversial cartoon and has taken immediate action by promptly withdrawing all copies of this week's edition of Gair Rhydd."

The statement went on to say that an investigation was under way and that the editor and three student journalists had been suspended.
Cardiff Universtiy Islamic Society seems to have a bit more leeway when it comes to freedom of expression. On its wesbite forum the student newspaper Gair Rhydd (Free Word in English - oh, the irony) is referred to as Gay Read, and comments such as these are deemed OK:
I am for the absolute freedom of speech everywhere, and that’s why I call upon every free sole [sic] among Arabs to use the Danish flag as a substitute for toilet paper. To illustrate every wall with graffiti making fun of everything Europe holds as holy: dancing rabbis on the carcasses of Palestinian children, hoax gas-chambers built in Hollywood in 1946 with Steven Spielberg’s approval stamp, and Aids spreading fagots. Let us defend the absolute freedom of speech altogether, wouldn’t that be a noble cause?
Naturally enough, the cartoons are seen as a Zionist plot. It makes one wonder what they teach at the University's Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.

4 Comments:

Blogger Spirit of 1976 said...

Hmmm, I have to say I really don't think that's a fair comparison.

Reprehensible as some of the comments on that forum are, I don't think that comments on a forum can be considered an official position of the Cardiff Uni Islamic Society. Also, as a student of Cardiff Uni I should point out that "Gay Read" is a common local nickname for Gair Rhydd. Blame the immature humour of students.

However, I do agree with you that this is an issue that has seen a ridiculous level of over-reaction, and the student journalists certainly don't deserve to be suspended for it.

7:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buy a copy, they'll be worth money after we defeat i-slam.

11:03 pm  
Blogger Chris said...

The Education Act (2) 1986 imposes a duty on universities in respect of freedom of speech.

Not only have they been spineless but probably acted illegally as well.

Get your complaints in to them.

4:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above quote "I am for the absolute freedom of speech everywhere, and that’s why I call upon every free sole among Arabs to use the Danish flag as a substitute for toilet paper. To illustrate every wall with graffiti making fun of everything Europe holds as holy: dancing rabbis on the carcasses of Palestinian children, hoax gas-chambers built in Hollywood in 1946 with Steven Spielberg’s approval stamp, and Aids spreading fagots. Let us defend the absolute freedom of speech altogether, wouldn’t that be a noble cause? "

has actually been reproduced on the forum website. Its original source is http://www.arabeuropean.org/index.php

And as for "The Education Act (2) 1986 imposes a duty on universities in respect of freedom of speech" what then is wrong with the above extract anyway?

The Zionist fingerprints are clearly visible if you bother to carry on reading the thread...
"The anti-Muslim cartoon scandal is clearly turning out to be a key event in the Zionist Neo-Cons' "clash of civilizations," the artificially constructed struggle to pit the so-called Christian West against the Islamic states and peoples.

We know that Flemming Rose is a colleague and fellow of the Zionist Neo-Con Daniel Pipes. He has visited Pipes in Philadelphia and written a friendly biographical article which is featured on Daniel Pipes Danish website. "


Anonymous said...
Buy a copy, they'll be worth money after we defeat i-slam

We'll see, i'm counting the days- this desperation by European newspapers clearly demostrates their fear of Islam as a global power, uniting a fifth of the world's population over much of the Earth's resources. If there is such confidence amongst Europeans, why the hypocrisy when it comes to democratically elected governments who think for themselves, rather than advancing the Imperialist agenda and fear of free speech over the illegal war in Iraq and conquest of Afghanistan- the graveyard of invaders. If the Europeans cant see the Zionist plot will cause them to lose all that they hold dear then too bad for them. It doesnt have to be like this.

btw they dont teach an awful lot at the University's Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, I thought that would be obvious.

1:34 am  

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