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Monday, February 7, 2011

An Assessment of Responses to the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy

Panagis Germenis has published Risks of Appeasement - Failure of East and West in Muhammad Cartoon Controversy. Here is the abstract.

In this paper we examine the reasons for the 12 editorial collection of the danish Jyllands Posten in 2005 is not and could not be considered as an insult to the Muslim world. As a result any kind of appeasement like the apology of the Politiken newspaper on 2010 does nothing more than to magnify the problem by admitting and imposing self censorship. There is a great need to redefine what we call freedom of speech and make clear that respect and tolerance do not imply deprivation of our most basic freedom the one to criticize and articulate our opinions freely. Appeasement is just covering the real issue. Instead of appeasement honest dialogue between mature parts is proposed by the article and not a “hide and seek game” that harms both sides and leads to a clash of cultures.

Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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