The Tyranny of Silence

The Tyranny of Silence

How One Cartoon Ignited A Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech

Book - 2014
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When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (Viby, Denmark) published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper's culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. Since then, Rose has visited universities and think tanks and participated in conferences and debates around the globe in order to discuss tolerance and freedom. Rose writes about the people and experiences that have influenced the way he views the world and his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and ex-Muslims living in Europe. He provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multi-religious, and multi-ethnic. --Publisher's description.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CATO Institute Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781939709424
Characteristics: ix, 237 pages ; 25 cm


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May 14, 2016

I've read portions of this book online and heard the author in an interview, a very necessary and required thoughtful book on contra-survival notions such as ignoring the massive human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia [where recently a Shi'a cleric who suggested that peaceful protests might be allowed there had his head chopped off by the government] and Bahrain, where protestors are spirited away to jail - - or worse - - and CNN reporters in America who attempt to report on it are fired! [Amber Lyon et al.]
Most definitely, the CorporateMedia's refrain of // anti-Muslim racism \\ is the hallmark of a propaganda campaign once again aimed at the hapless American worker and voter!

Feb 17, 2016

Is this book on university curricula yet? It better be. It presents an important discussion on freedom of speech, especially relevant to today's politics. Very interesting parallels between Cartoon Crisis and Soviet dissidents.

May 29, 2015

This book is so good that I made a video endorsement. See it at: also for a list of books on Islam go to:

Jan 08, 2015

Flemming Rose was the editor (Jyllands-Posten) that had the courage to publish the Muhammad cartoons in 2005. He goes into the cartoon crisis, the violent reaction against the journalists that exposed how fragile the right of free expression is throughout the world. He also points out the organizations that should have supported him and the cartoonists were instead censured by them. That list includes Amnesty International and PEN.


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