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February 16, 2006

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Silencing Voices of Moderation

This Washington Post story is the only news account I’ve seen of the events that led up to the recent violence in the Middle East and Pakistan that didn’t make me want to cry.

Posted February 16, 2006 at 2:33 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Society/Culture


From, on the newspaper that stoked the outrage over Danish cartoons:

The Rakyat Merdeka cases

Rakyat Merdeka is a daily tabloid owned by the country’s largest media group, Jawa Pos, that has gained prominence as a result of its gritty, often abrasive, style, with articles and caricatures that frequently strongly criticize the political establishment.

Two of the paper’s editors are facing legal sanctions for publishing material deemed insulting. In one case, the former editor has been tried and found guilty of defamation under Article 310 of the Criminal Code (KUHP), while the other is currently on trial and charged under Article 134 of KUHP for insulting the President, an offence punishable by up to six years in jail.


Posted by: Louise Pharand Doren on February 16, 2006 at 04:53 PM

This is an amazing piece of work. I mean, just wow. Journalism like this is so, SO necessary.

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