The Blogosphere and the Mohammed Cartoons

Posted on February 3, 2006

Bloggers are discussing the widespread outrage in the Islamic world about cartoons that were recently republished in several European newspapers. The comics were originally published in the Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper. "Jyllands-Posten" is currently #1 on Technorati which shows the growing interest in this story. There have been threats of violence against those publishing the cartoons and boycotts of Danish products by Muslims who consider the cartoons and production of images of the Prophet Mohammed to be blasphemous. The mainstream media hasn't been publishing the controversial cartoons but the cartoons originally published in the Jyllands-Posten are now posted all over the Web on numerous blogs. Here is some more coverage of the cartoons and the anger and protests occuring in parts of the Islamic world.

  • Some bloggers are suggesting buying some Danish products to support them during the boycott.
  • Michelle Malkin calls the American media cowards for not showing the cartoons and has a roundup of blog posts.
  • USA Today's On Deadline blog says there have been protesters in Pakistan yelling "Death to France!" and "Death to Denmark!" Newspapers in Denmark and France have published the controversial cartoons.
  • The CJR Daily blog explains how many bloggers have pounced on the story.
  • Hyscience has a petition to support the Jyllands-Posten.
  • Christine Smallwood at The Notion (one of The Nation's blogs) writes: "It's complicated, but I'm strongly in favor of supporting those who publish even right-wing, offensive cartoons, poor judgment or no. Editorial freedom, including satire, is a deeply prized and hard-won right that we shouldn't be intimidated into giving up. It's a slippery slope. Just as we can't allow Christian fundamentalists to prevent satirizing the church in American papers, or the Bush Administration from prohibiting protest, nor should we allow fundamentalists of any kind to rewrite the world in their image. Secular papers have the right, and the duty, to live by secular rules."

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