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Criticism of Islam and freedom opinion

An anti-Islam film from the US has sparked violent protest around the world, while European magazines have followed up with satirical cartoons. When do we draw the line on freedom of opinion: when religious sentiments are offended, when lives are endangered – or not at all?

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Egyptian Muslims on trial for blasphemy

The prosecution in Cairo has pressed  charges of blasphemy against two Islamists. According to the state news agency Mena, the trial will start on Sunday. The Islamist Abu Islam Ahmed Abdullah is accused of burning a bible two weeks ago during protests against the US embassy, while his son is charged with fomenting religious hatred. There is hope for Egyptian justice, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: » more

The European - Germany | Tuesday, 25. September 2012

Resistance to hate preachers grows

The controversial Mohammed video has sparked a wave of violence across the world, with radical Islamists now calling for its makers and others to be killed. But civil resistance against the hate preachers is growing, writes Middle East correspondent Jörg Armbruster in the opinion magazine The European: » more

Komment - Hungary | Monday, 24. September 2012

Mohammed would laugh over anti-Islam film

The anti-Islam film that has sparked a wave of violence in the Islamic world would merely have made the infinitely peaceable Prophet Mohammed laugh, the journalist Bálint Szlankó writes on the opinion portal Komment: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 25. September 2012

Angry Muslims in the minority

Those who demonstrate against the anti-Islam film constitute no more than an angry minority, the liberal weekly magazine The Economist writes, and criticises coverage of the protests as exaggerated: » more

Main focus of Monday, 24. September 2012

Anti-Islam film leads to call for murder

Pakistan's Federal Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour on Saturday put a bounty of around 100,000 US dollars on the head of the maker of the ... » more

Politiken - Denmark | Monday, 24. September 2012

Call for murder a disgrace for Pakistan

Pakistan's Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour also played up to al-Qaida in his speech on Saturday. The left-liberal daily Politiken calls on the Pakistani government to clearly distance itself from Bilour's statements: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 24. September 2012

Pakistan's 'terror minister'

With the Pakistani minister's incitement to murder the Islamist threat has entered a new phase because it is now reached an official level, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: » more

La Croix - France | Monday, 24. September 2012

Dialogue among religions preserves peace

After the publication of cartoons that ridicule the Prophet Mohammed in the weekly paper Charlie Hebdo last week, the French government banned demonstrations over the weekend. But it is also thanks to the effective dialogue among the religions in France that there were no violent protests, the Catholic daily La Croix writes: » more

Le Monde - France | Friday, 21. September 2012

Blind zeal only blocks democracy

The fact that a low-budget film on the Prophet Mohammed has sparked a wave of violence in so many Muslim countries testifies to a striking democracy deficit, the Morrocan author Tahar Ben Jelloun writes in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 21. September 2012

West should not betray its ideals

The French government has banned a demonstration planned for Saturday against the anti-Islam video made in the US. Paris is doing the fundamentalists a favour with this move, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns and calls on the West to remain true to its ideals: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Friday, 21. September 2012

Martin Schulz must defend freedom of opinion

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has been heavily criticised by many Dutch media for condemning the anti-Islam film The Innocence of Muslims after the attack on the US consulate in Libya. The Christian-social daily Trouw also feels that Schulz should have done more to defend the freedom of opinion: » more

Alfa - Lithuania | Thursday, 20. September 2012

Arab Spring not dead

International media have begun to prophesy the death of the Arab Spring in the wake of protests in Muslim countries against the US-produced anti-Islam film. The portal Alfa disagrees: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Thursday, 20. September 2012

Charlie Hebdo pours oil on the flames

With its appeals to the freedom of opinion the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is fanning the embers of conflict, the left-liberal daily Le Soir writes: » more

Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Wednesday, 19. September 2012

Greed for profit at the expense of Muslims

Charlie Hebdo is abusing the freedom of opinion to boost its sales figures, the left-liberal weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur criticises: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Thursday, 20. September 2012

A caricature is never real cause of violence

Satire must test society's limits, and for that reason it must also address the fears of religious fundamentalism, the liberal Financial Times Deutschland argues: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 20. September 2012

No censorship out of fear, please!

The West should not exercise self-censorship out of fear of Islamic fundamentalism, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 18. September 2012

Show absurd anti-Islam film in full length

The right-wing populist alliance "Pro Deutschland" wants to screen the film The Innocence of Muslims. Produced in the US, this anti-Islam low-budget film has triggered several days of anti-Western protests in the Muslim world, prompting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to announce on Monday that she would look into banning it in Germany. But that would be the wrong approach, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 17. September 2012

The Islamic world's difficult self-discovery

The attacks against Western diplomatic posts are symptomatic of the process of self-discovery taking place in many Muslim countries and are not really directed against the Western lifestyle, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung contends: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 17. September 2012

New enemies, old protests

The dynamic of the protests triggered by an anti-Islam amateur film remind the left-liberal daily Der Standard of the revolutions of the Arab Spring: » more

Kaleva - Finland | Friday, 14. September 2012

Belief versus freedom of opinion

The attacks against US diplomatic posts in reaction to a film that is supposedly critical of Islam demonstrates once again the major differences in values between Western and Islamic countries, the liberal daily Kaleva notes: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 14. September 2012

Violence in North Africa weakens the US

Several people have been killed during violent protests at US diplomatic posts in Islamic countries in recent days, among them the US ambassador to Libya. ... » more

Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 13. September 2012

Denounce Mohammed film but don't kill

A US-made amateur film about the prophet Mohammed sparked violent protests in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia on Tuesday and Wednesday. The UN ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were killed in an attack in Benghazi in eastern Libya, and ten Libyans also died. Islamic representatives should take a stand and call for an end to the violence, the liberaly Kurier demands: » more


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