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Val, Philippe


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Le Monde - France | 04/10/2006

Defending freedom of expression

The daily has published an appeal in support of Robert Redeker signed by a score of public figures. "A handful of fanatics is currently brandishing so-called religious laws in order to call into question our country's most fundamental freedoms. This threat comes in addition to the mutterings here and there in Europe that provocation should be avoided to spare supposed foreign sensibilities ... Times are once again hard in Europe. This is no time for cowardice. We therefore solemnly appeal to the authorities not only to continue to protect, as they already are doing, Robert Redeker and his family, but, in a strong political gesture, to pledge to meet his material needs as long as he is danger, just as the British authorities did throughout the duration of the Rushdie affair."

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | 01/03/2006

Twelve intellectuals opposed to 'Islamic totalitarianism'

The Danish daily at the origin of the controversy over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons has decided to reprint the "Manifesto against Islamic totalitarianism" published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in its March 1st issue. Prominent among the text's twelve signatories are Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Taslima Nasreen, Salman Rushdie and Bernard-Henri Lévy. "After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism. We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all. The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field."

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