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Opinion: "Riots Over Muhammad Cartoons Challenge Freedoms"

February 7, 2006

Source: First Amendment Center Press Release

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=16434

On February 7, 2006 a First Amendment Center Press Release issued a statement by Gene Policinski, executive director the First Amendment Center, on the controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Policinski writes, "But for the protections of the First Amendment, what is this nation’s 'marketplace of ideas' likely would be a great deal smaller...

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American Muslim Leaders Discuss Concerns with Danish Ambassador

February 7, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council press release

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=874

On February 7, 2006 a Muslim Public Affairs Council press release reported, "In a united effort, through a meeting coordinated by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, representatives of national Muslim organizations working to combat defamation from Danish media met with Friis Arne Peterson, Ambassador of Denmark to the United States. The representatives expressed...

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Opinion: "We Have Lost Our Voice"

February 7, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1703696,00.html

On February 7, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Tabish Khair, assistant professor of English at Aarhus University, Denmark. Khair comments, "Like many other moderate Muslims, I too have been silent on these cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and the ensuing protests. Not because I do not have anything to say, but because there is no space left for me either in Denmark or in...

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Protests Over Cartoons Spread to Asia

February 6, 2006

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-02-06-voa34.cfm

On February 6, 2006 Voice of America reported, "Fresh protests erupted Monday across Asia against cartoons depicting the Islamic Prophet Mohammed. At least two protesters are reported dead in Afghanistan in clashes with security forces... Officials and lawmakers in neighboring Pakistan call the cartoons blasphemous, and say they have disappointed the entire Muslim world. They condemn their...

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"Acting on Faith" to Be Shown at "Dissent" Film Festival at Univ. of Louisville

February 6, 2006

Source: University of Louisville

http://php.louisville.edu/news/news.php?news=517

On February 6, 2006 the University of Louisville reported, "The University of Louisville will offer a six-week film festival and discussions focusing on the importance of dissent in civic and cultural life.

The 'Season of Dissent Film Festival' will offer short films, feature films and documentaries in Floyd Theater at U of L’s Swain Student Activities Center. The festival is...

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Opinion: "Cartoon Conflicts"

February 6, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoonprotests/story/0,,1703496,00.html?gusrc=rss

On February 6, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Swiss Muslim scholar, on the controversy surrounding cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan comments, "It is critical we find a way out of this infernal circle and demand from those stoking this fire that they stop their polemics at once and create a space for...

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US Muslim and Interfaith Organizations Hold Press Conference on "Faith and Free Speech"

February 6, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society (MAS) press release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3169

On February 6, 2006 a Muslim American Society (MAS) press release reported, "Today at the National Press Club, the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation hosted a press conference on 'Faith and Free Speech', addressing the issue of cartoons defaming Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which also depict him as a terrorist.

The press conference was covered by a host of media...

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White House Spokesman Urges Muslims to Speak Out "Against All Forms of Hate Speech"

February 6, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060206/pl_afp/europeislammediaus_060206165518

On February 6, 2006 Agence France-Presse reported, "The United States urged Muslims angered by newspaper cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed to also condemn frequent anti-Semitic and anti-Christian 'hate speech' in the Islamic world. White House spokesman Scott McClellan denounced escalating...

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Across the Globe, Demonstrations Against Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad

February 6, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060206/ap_on_re_mi_ea/prophet_drawings

On February 6, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Hundreds of angry protesters hurled stones and fire bombs at the Danish Embassy in the Iranian capital Monday to protest publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Police used tear gas and surrounded the walled villa to hold back the crowd. It was the second...

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Sikhs Speak Out Against Re-Publication of Cartoons

February 6, 2006

Source: SikhSangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_803.shtml

On February 6, 2006 SikhSangat reported, "New Zealand Sikh Society (Wellington) strongly condemns the deliberate action of some members of New Zealand Press to publish cartoons, which were known to be objectionable to the Muslim community, as it hurts their religious sentiments.

The executive committee of New Zealand Sikh Society (Wellington) said 'There should be a clear boundary between...

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House of Lords to Review Human Rights Concerns in Jilbab Ruling

February 6, 2006

Source: The Guardian/Press Association

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-5597020,00.html

On February 6, 2006 Press Association reported, "The case of the Muslim schoolgirl who won the right to wear a head-to-toe dress in class returns to the legal spotlight as part of a test case appeal in the House of Lords. In March last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that Shabina Begum was unlawfully excluded from Denbigh High School in Luton, Beds, when she was...

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Amnesty International: "Freedom of Speech Carries Responsibilities for All"

February 6, 2006

Source: Amnesty International press release

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGPOL300072006

On February 6, 2006 an Amnesty International press release reported, "The right to freedom of opinion and expression should be one of the cornerstones of any society. This right includes 'the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers' (Universal Declaration of Human Rights,...

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