Sunday, February 05, 2006

FAO Newspaper Editors

Ibn Warraq in Der Spiegel:
A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend. It is a freedom sorely lacking in the Islamic world, and without it Islam will remain unassailed in its dogmatic, fanatical, medieval fortress; ossified, totalitarian and intolerant. Without this fundamental freedom, Islam will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality; originality and truth.
Read it all (via Art & Letters Daily).

Also Munira Mirza at Spiked Online:
Censorship in the West bolsters the moral authority of leaders in the Middle East to censor their own citizens.


Blogger Charles Martel said...

we need more dissidents like ibn warraq to speak out. lots more.

7:53 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

We need more people in Britain to read his stuff.

8:13 pm  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

get a load of this Daily Telegraph article:
Democracy has a gun to its head

"All such debate is now being carried out in the shadow of murderous intimidation."

looks like the Telegraph seriously weighed up the options - death threats versus not running the cartoons.

If i were a newspaper proprietor , i would not like to have my journalists suddenly have to have 24x7 bodyguard security. i can understand why the Telegraph didnt run the cartoons. but they do make it clear that it was because of the potential of a violent reaction - and thus , as such, prove the original point of the Danish newspaper.

in other words - we truely do NOT have a free press in the UK.

but they do make a dig at Man of Straw.

9:49 pm  

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