Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cartoon Craziness

The Cadre, UPEI's student newspaper has published the twelve infamous editorial cartoons that criticized aspects of Islam.

At the request of president Wade MacLauchlan, university administrators have removed all 2,000 copies of the paper from campus.

The campus police also showed up at the office of Ray Keating, the paper's editor, and asked that he hand over any copies in his possession, a request he refused to comply with. Read Keating's editorial here.

The UPEI Student Union has withdrawn support of this week's issue of The Cadre and has also stated that Weblogs@UPEI "are no longer accepting comments on the cartoon issue" CTV's Steve Murphy noted during his broadcast tonight that it appears that they are now "censoring discussion about censorship".

Wade MacLauchlan stated that “... The Cadre has been a very good newspaper this year but there is no need for UPEI to step recklessly into a situation that has caused violence and mounting violence all over the world,’’

And that is the real issue. Should people who publish cartoons feel responsible for the actions of those who burn embassies and shout for their murder? Should we self-censor and blame ourselves for these violent reactions?

Cartoons about the cartoons here.


At 8:48 PM, Blogger Kent Thompson said...

I hear ya, have you seen the cartoons? It seems that by rioting and bombing the embassies, the radical muslims are proving the artists depictions are accurate.

I understand peaceful protesting because someone has gone over the line and offended you, but bombing is just stupid.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger JBRBETHUNE said...

Take a look at the Opinion Journal web page and read some of the essays and replies on the Great Cartoon Issue. These differ radically from the responses that the UPIE has received.

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Pat said...

For an excellent piece that discusses the censorship of the UPEI Cadre, see, "Needed: A Refresher Course in Freedom of Speech":


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