Sunday, February 19, 2006

Danish Cartoon Controversy - Follow Up

Flemming Rose, the editor in question at the Danish newspaper, wrote a spirited defense of his act in Washington Post. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/17/AR2006021702499.html) It is very persuasive and savvy defense. Most probably the article will resonate for long time to come and will in effect become a lesson of Freedom of Speech support in coming days.

Not that I agree fully and jump to the camp of supporters of Freedom of Speech. This blog maintains that this a critical issue for experts to comment upon and thrash out. Publication of the article by Rose is an important milestone. Still the debate is not closed and general public is not bought. The doubts about printing something which can offend people so fundamentally and which could be against the laws of the land; are still there. But the follow up act now has to come from the other camp which feels restrains should have been exercised. Looks like supporters of publications have articulated the case with gusto.

Umesh Patil
San Jose, CA 95111
February 19, 2006.

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