Thursday, February 02, 2006

Free Speech in France

A French newspaper published the Danish Mohammed cartoons, along with several other European papers (none in Britain that I know of yet)- along with another cartoon of their own devising-

"showing Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy figures sitting on a cloud, with the caption "Don't worry Muhammad, we've all been caricatured here"."

However, unlike the Danish newspaper, the editor of the France Soir paper has been sacked- by the paper's Egyptian owner "as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual".

Journalists at the paper published a picture and editorial on the front page in protest, defending their right to free speech and French MP Herve Marition said the sacking was "in total contradiction to the tradition of press freedom."

I wonder if UK papers will have the nerve to follow through in support of this attack on freedom of the press?

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