Free Speech or Blasphemy? Censorship or Discretion?
Click here for a statement from NCAC on the controversy surrounding the Mohammed cartoons, featured in Censorship News #101.
We are presenting here a selection of the material published on the issue, and reports of incidents of censorship in connection with the cartoons.
- An extraordinarily thorough summary of the controversy is available at Wikipedia.org, including an authoritative collection of links to news and background online — as well as a list of newspapers around the world that have, despite the pressure to self-censor, gone forward and reprinted the cartoons
- Cartoon Body Count (no longer active): a blog tracking lives and livelihoods lost as a result of the cartoon controversy
- A timeline of the controversy and ensuing violence, assembled by CBC News Online
- See the images in question, posted on Wikipedia.
- March 29, 2006: NYU Objectivist Society Barred from Displaying Cartoons at Campus Event
- March 22, 2006: Swedish Foreign Minister Resigns Over Cartoon Debate
- March 21, 2006: Student Editor Fired After Publishing Mohammed Cartoons (from SPLC)
- March 9, 2006: Minnessota Professor Prevented from Showing Cartoons
- February 10, 2006: Cartoon Editors Face Mixed Fates
- February 9, 2006: Student Union Supports Ban on Cartoons
- February 2, 2006: Gunmen Shut EU Gaza Office Over Cartoons
News and Commentary
- Jyllands-Posten editor Flemming Rose responds to the controversy
- "In Defense of Free Thought", by Robert Scheer on Truthdig.org
- "Satirical Images Prompt Debate Over Censorship ", by Heidi Benson on SFGate.com
- "The Media is So Sensitive — Maybe Cartoonishly So", by Stu Bykofsky for The Philadelphia Inquirer
- "Cartoons Merely Fed Muslim Fury", by Kwame Anthony Appiah for The Philadelphia Inquirer
- "Danish Cartoons: Free Press or Hate Speech?", by Louay Safi at Middle East Online
- "Drawing Fire and Blood: Free Speech and Religion" by Paul K. McMasters for the First Amendment Center
- "In Defense of the Right to Offend" by Charles C. Haynes for the First Amendment Center
- A statement from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists speak out on the topic:
- An interview with Signe Wilkinson by Steven Heller, for Design Forum
- "Them Damn Pictures" by Doug Marlette for Salon.comIn context and in contrast:
- A compendium of depictions of the Mohammed, illustrating the wide variety of images (religous, artistic, satirical, etc.) of the Prophet from both Islamic and Western societies.