Thursday, February 09, 2006

economist: mohammedans vs. free speech

feb 9th

score: mohdans: 1, free speech: 0

1 comment:

Anand Rajadhyaksha said...

The Economist article is premium content, so excerpting a few bits would have been nice. Anyway, their blurb is telling enough, when they say "WHEN, last September, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a dozen cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, it knew it was testing the limits of free speech and good taste."

Good taste, hmm, yes. I personally do not find most of those cartoons really good, with the exception of the bomb in the turban. Cartoonists are generally looked upon as witty people and their work is regarded as incisive comment on the subject at hand.

Most of these cartoons are puerile and show a very superficial grasp of the subject. This is tragic when a lot of material on both Islam and Mohammed is at hand at a click.

This is not the issue, though. The Economist's tone is dhimmied in saying Jyllands 'was testing the limits of free speech". Should we read here an acknowledgement of the all too evident terror potential that 'the religion of peace' has?

And India? paper has even mentioned the sites where the cartoons can be found, leave alone show what the cartoons looked like. The leaders guard themselves very well, thank you; the readers' interest comes second.