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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, September 20, 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: "The reaction of the fundamentalists, with their anger and murderous intentions, is not directed against caricatures or videos of questionable quality, but against the democracies that allow these things to be disseminated and fail to exercise systematic state censorship. For the fundamentalists, freedom of opinion in itself is a crime, and any society that is not tyrannised by religious police is an impure world that must be eliminated. … In the West there is a great temptation to use censorship because the consequences of irresponsible abuse of the principles of freedom are feared. But if we tried to justify this censorship syndrome with an erudite but incomplete interpretation of Voltaire's Treatise on Toleration this would be pure hypocrisy, because the only reason for the censorship would be fear. The fear of an abominable and violent reaction from Islam."

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