Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Press Freedom

From UPI:

Moscow museum to exhibit Mohammed cartoons
MOSCOW, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Moscow museum has announced it will exhibit the entire series of cartoons of Mohammed that have caused riots throughout the Islamic world.

Yury Samodurov, director of the Sakharov Museum and Public Center, said on Russian television that the center was ready to organize a public exhibition of the cartoons satirizing the founder of Islam that originally were published in a Danish newspaper, Pravda.ru reported Monday.

"We must show the whole world that Russia goes along with Europe, that the freedom of expression is much more important for us than the dogmas of religious fanatics," Samodurov said.

Oh man, tell me that the Russians aren't going to teach us
about the value of freedom of the press.
The World Union of Jewish Students in conjunction with editorial cartoonists, Edward Margolis and Noah Crissey, has announced an International Editorial Cartoon Competition for students called "Fight Hate with Humor." Inspired by a contest sponsored by the Iranian Union of Islamic Students where students from around the world have been invited to join in a global competition to create hate cartoons depicting "A World without Zionism", "A World without the United States", and glorifying the "Intifada", they plan with humor "to stand the Iranians on their heads."

According to cartoonist, Margolis, "the whole thing about the Iranian Contest would be hilarious if it weren't so terrifying." In that vein, Margolis and his partner, Crissey, submitted their "Iranian College Bowl" spoof in the Iranian Contest.
But know what is going to be truly offensive? Watch the
www for the next couple of weeks -- bored American teenagers should
put the Danes, Iranians and all others to shame in the poor-taste
department. Not saying that's bad. I'm just saying.