Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The cartoons are almost here!

Newspapers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain have republished the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that caused so much trouble for the Danish press last year. How long before the death threats come flooding in? Denmark has already received its share. I also wonder which newspaper in the UK will be the first to show us these cartoons. I notice that in reporting the story, the lily-livered BBC showed us only part of the France Soir newspaper, deftly obscuring the cartoons. I wonder how much agonising went into that decision. Will republishing the cartoons in the UK fall foul of the notorious religious hatred Bill? If so, better to publish them now, before the Bill receives Royal Assent.
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Blogger محمد said...

well Bel... i got to your blog by chance the name of your blog attracted me . when i started to read what you wrote i said that i must post a comment.
I am arabian ,muslim from egypt percisely.what that Danniesh journal had done is not acceptable at all,and when muslims protest against that thing ,that protesting is not against the lebirty of pulishing at all.
think of some newspaper drew a cartoon that resembles the christ in insulting way ,what well be your feeling
anyway i hope you tell me your thoughts about that on my e-mail
bye for now

6:59 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

think of some newspaper drew a cartoon that resembles the christ in insulting way ,what well be your feeling

Christianity is ridiculed every day in the media in one form or another. We live with that, and accept that that is the price we pay for a civilised society. Humour and religion have always gone hand in hand. I think it is a healthy thing. The other way leads to fundamentalism. I found Jerry Springer: the Opera grossly offensive, but I would be the last person to advocate that it be banned. From what I see, the cartoons themselves do not contain anything offensive. It is the fact that Mohammed is caricatured at all that seems to be the problem. Free speech is a healthy thing; driving fair comment underground as the aggrieved muslims seem to be demanding, will only lead to repression and trouble. Expose everything to the light. Whatever is worthy will survive.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Serf said...

They really do not understand the idea of freedom of expression in most Muslim countries. Everyone who has commented on this story has attracted comments from Muslims, claiming that this has nothing to do with free speech.

Ironically Muslims are now burning Danish Flags, which have a cross on them. Not to mention the frequent burnings of The Star of David.

Bear in mind that both David and Jesus are regarded as prophets by Muslims.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Bel said...

True word, EU Serf. It seems to me that in many muslim countries, free speech is subject to the one caveat: do not mention Islam unless in a favourable light.

For free speech to be truly free, we must see all sides of the picture. Ironically, these cartoons were not even criticising Islam. Sometimes it seems like a knee-jerk reaction. A western newspaper publishes something about Islam that is not gushing or reverential, and out come the pitchforks and bombs.

11:16 AM  

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