Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Press Freedom in the Islamic World

In the wake of the Danish cartoon controversy, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has compiled a highly informative overview of the status of free speech and the media in various Muslim countries:

On September 30th, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. The resulting riots, often fanned by repressive governments and radical Islamist organizations, threw light into the deep chasm between Western concepts of freedom of the press and the strict control placed on media throughout much of the Muslim world.

Backgrounder: Oppression of the Press in the Muslim World


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