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.

3 Comments:

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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