Borders Bans Issue of Magazine Containing Mohammed Cartoons

Posted on March 31, 2006

Borders has banned the April-May issue of Free Inquiry because the magazine published some the controversial Mohammed cartoons. The Danish Mohammed cartoons caused an uproar in the Muslim World several weeks ago.

Powell's Books and Rich's Cigar Store are carrying the controversial issue of the magazine. Free Inquiry is published six times each year by the Council for Secular Humanism. Paul Kurtz, editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry, told the SFGate that the right to freedom of expression is at stake.

Kurtz says, "What is at stake is the precious right of freedom of expression. Cartoons often provide an important form of political satire ... To refuse to distribute a publication because of fear of vigilante violence is to undermine freedom of press - so vital for our democracy."

The SFGate also says Waldenbooks will also not be carrying the April-May issue of Free Inquiry. A list of some other newspapers that printed the controversial Mohammed cartoons can be found here.

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