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Re: <nettime> publication of "Jyllands-Posten" cartoons is not "freedom
Florian Cramer on Thu, 9 Feb 2006 15:02:52 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> publication of "Jyllands-Posten" cartoons is not "freedom of thepress"


Am Sonntag, 05. Februar 2006 um 13:14:28 Uhr (-0500) schrieb Ronda Hauben:

> Whatever the reason for the republication and defense of the cartoons,
> in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, newspapers which republish them in the
> name of "freedom of speech" or "freedom of the press" are seriously
> misrepresenting what "freedom of speech" or "freedom of the press" mean.
> 
> The publication and republication of the cartoons are an example of
> sensational journalistic practices, an effort to use the press to provoke
> people, which is traditionally something that the press has been used
> for.
> 
> Freedom of the press is not the freedom to stir up hatred against a
> people because of their religion or nationality or sex, etc.

Whatever the reason for the reproduction and defense of Robert
Mapplethorpe's "Piss Jesus", media which republish the picture in the
name of "freedom of speech" or "freedom of art" are seriously
misrepresenting what "freedom of speech" or "freedom of art" mean.

The publication and republication of "Piss Jesus" are an example of
sensational artistic practices, an effort to use art to provoke
people, which is traditionally something that art has been used
for.

Freedom of art is not the freedom to stir up hatred against a
people because of their religion or nationality or sex, etc.

-F


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