Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Further commentaries on the cartoon wars

What's offensive? (Filibuster)
Central liberties (from Harry's Place), including links to Muriel Gray in the Sunday Herald, Ayaan Hirsi Ali interviewed by Der Spiegel, and the poet George Szirtes.
Christopher Hitchens, "The Case for Mocking Religion" (Slate)
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, "Tolerance Toward Intolerance" (from Die Zeit)
Two Editors in Jordan Arrested (BBC News)
Mr Momani's paper, Shihan, had printed three of the cartoons, alongside an editorial questioning whether the angry reaction to them in the Muslim world was justified.
"Muslims of the world be reasonable," wrote Mr Momani. "What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?"
Trudy Rubin - Misplaced outrage (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Matthew Parris - Giving and taking offense (London Times)
Andrew Sullivan - Clueless, Self-censorship & freedom of speech, Le Monde responds
European Press Reaction (New York Times 2/2/2006)

The Danish prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has rejected demands by Arab governments for an official apology, saying: "I can't call a newspaper and tell them what to put in it. That's not how our society works." Mr. Rose called the decision not to apologize for printing the cartoons "a key issue of principle." [....]
In support of the Danish position, newspapers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland reprinted some of the cartoons on Wednesday. A small Norwegian evangelical magazine, Magazinet, also published the cartoons last month.
Robert Ménard, the secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based body that monitors media developments, said in a telephone interview: "All countries in Europe should be behind the Danes and Danish authorities to defend the principle that a newspaper can write what it wishes to, even if it offends people. I understand that it may shock Muslims, but being shocked is part of the price of being informed."
In Germany, the conservative Die Welt printed one image on its front page and declared in an editorial: "The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical. When Syrian television showed drama documentaries in prime time depicting rabbis as cannibals, the imams were quiet."
In Italy, the Turin daily La Stampa published the cartoons on Wednesday. Milan's Corriere della Sera printed them on Monday. In Spain, they were printed in El Periódico on Wednesday.
Dominique von Burg, the editor in chief of Switzerland's Tribune de Genève, which planned to publish the cartoons on Thursday, told Agence France-Presse: "You can understand the feelings of Muslims, but we're in a pluralist state. We have a right to do that." The Swiss newspaper Blick published two of the cartoons on Tuesday.

Drawing a Line Under Hypocrisy (Jerusalem Post)
Some cartoons from the Arab world (Tom Gross)
More anti-semitic cartoons
Mohammed Image Archive

=> And a relevant e-mail message from a friend in London:
Thanks Jeff,
Let me just emphasise the rather non-academic aspect of this situation. There are lots of fellow bloggers in North London who are really scared! We are sitting by our computers trying to defend the freedom of speech and there are police helicopters circling over our heads looking for the suicide-bomber wannabes who were threatening us outside of the Danish embassy the other day! Most of us have taken down the links to those cartoons. We and our families and are too easily tracked down.
--Jeff Weintraub

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