UK: Think tank calls on European gov'ts to protect Muslim freedom of speech

Governments across Europe must do more to safeguard freedom of speech for Muslim reformers who face threats from extremists, a think tank has warned.


The UK-based Centre for Social Cohesion highlighted the cases of 27 writers, including Sir Salman Rushdie, activists, politicians and artists.


The centre said they had suffered violence and intimidation for criticising Islam or seeking reform.


It said governments had a duty to ensure free speech for all citizens.


The report - Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities - said official failure to offer victims the protection they needed had left "significant numbers" of Muslims unable to express themselves.


It said this also created the impression that more Muslims were opposed to free speech than was actually the case.


The centre called for European governments to "promote greater religious and social harmony by demonstrating that they see Muslims and those of Muslim background as complete citizens, neither restricted in their freedoms nor unduly permitted to issue threats against others".



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Source: BBC (English)

See also: Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities (PDF)

3 comments:

Michelle said...

Here are long videos of the London Islamic conference that Robert Spencer wrote about today. Maybe someone can edit them down. Cheers.

http://www.islam4uk.com/current-affairs/uk-news/46-uk/209%E2%80%94conference-rise-to-defend-the-honour-of-the-muslims-021108

Michelle said...

Or via this link ...


http://pointdebasculecanada.ca/spip.php?article695

Anonymous said...

Really? Then what about freedom of speech for indigenous Europeans?