Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Jyllandsposten - Offended by freedom of speech? Mohammed drawings again, again, again!

Jyllandsposten seems to want rather desperately to call attention to itself over the Mohammed cartoons. Tuesday Carsten Juste and Flemming Rose, editor and cultural editor, subpoenaed the Danish attorney Havemann for libel. Havemann is attorney for the 27 muslim organisations that subpoenaed the Jyllandsposten for violation of the blasphemy article in the Danish penal code after the publication of the Mohammed cartoons, and after the public prosecutor would not sue the paper.

In a statement to the press Havemann wrote: "According to information I have received, the worst of the drawings, the one with the bomb, is made by one of the paper's own cartoonists, apparently commissioned by the chief editor, because the drawings coming from cartoonists outside the newspaper were not sufficiently blasphemous.... If that is correct it supports one of our basic allegations: That the purpose of the publication of the cartoons was to mock a religious minority in Denmark".

These words have offended the Jyllandsposten to such an extent that it sues Havemann on claims of libel and demands of 16.000 $ in reparation payment. "We're not touchy, but there're limits", Carsten Juste has said to Jyllandsposten's online paper.

It is odd that Juste did not see any limits in the paper's practice of freedom of expression when the butt of the joke was the Muslims and their religious sentiments.


Blogger Gert said...

"Gluttons for punshment" springs to mind...

7:25 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Duck said...

Yes, Juste looks it. Why he would need that amount of money in indemnity, heaven only knows, with the pay he probably receives in his job.

12:34 PM  
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4:12 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

This is what I call hypocrisy: Jyllandsposten is'defending freedom of speech' while Arabs are 'attacking freedom of speech'. And who sets the moral standards ?
Yesterday I was lecturing my students about the foundations of contemporary moral philosophy: there aren't any serious universal foundations. So in this absence, it is 'la raison du plus fort'

5:28 AM  

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