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Cartoons and Mohammed: Freedom and Islam

Video: The Muslim world is in an anti-Western furor that does not seem to be abating. A Danish newspaper published a series of cartoons featuring Mohammed, and by implication, Islam in an unflattering way. When irate Muslims protested, other European newspapers in France, Spain and Germany reprinted them as a defiant defense of press freedom. Provocateurs in the Muslim world used this defiance to mobilize riotous mobs, burning down embassies. At issue is the future of media freedom in the Western world. Will the Muslim world now proceed to censor us?

Date: 03/02/2006

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