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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 23/11/2012

Czech artists go too far

The well-known Czech guerilla artists' collective Ztohoven on Wednesday published the private mobile telephone numbers of leading Czech politicians, who were then overwhelmed by a barrage of often very rude text messages. Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, for example, had to delete hundreds of such messages. That's taking things too far, writes the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes: "Ztohoven's provocation clearly demonstrates the negative side of the Internet revolution. Like all people and politicians, the Internet has two identities: physical and digital. And the digital one is gaining in significance. As yet there is no protection against attacks on the digital identity. ... It is certainly very noble of Minister Kalousek not to want to press charges. But it's wrong. If Internet crime is on the rise, it's also because the culprits remain anonymous. No one should limit the freedom of the Internet. But that doesn't mean it can become a stomping ground for criminals who are exempt from punishment."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 16/08/2006

The Holocaust cartoon exhibition in Iran

This week an exhibition featuring cartoons of the Holocaust cartoons opened in Tehran. The exhibition is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's answer to the Danish Muhammad cartoons published last year. Martin Komarek comments: " Ahmadinejad is a provocateur: He is holding up a mirror to the West and forcing it to confront its own hypocrisy. For a long time he has been asking: 'Why is it forbidden to dispute the Holocaust in the West? What about your so-called freedom of expression? Naturally, the automatic response is to say that it's one thing to make a harmless joke about a religious symbol and quite another to make fun of the suffering of millions of human beings. But this argument isn't valid. Either you have freedom of expression or you don't. If not, then both the Holocaust and the Muhammad cartoons should be forbidden. If you do, then both should be allowed and tolerated. There is no in-between."

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