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The International Free Press Society declares September 30 International Free Press Day
New York, NY -, 2009:
On September 30, 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 drawings of Islam’s prophet Mohammed by 12 Danish artists in order to demonstrate that prohibitions on depictions of Mohammed as stipulated by Islamic law (sharia) did not trump ’s .
In an era in which the act of speaking out in the Western world has become increasingly subject to the pressures of what we know as political correctness, this bold affirmation of free press rights by Danish journalists makes September 30 a banner day. In commemoration of their courage, then, the International Free Press Society declares September 30 to be International Free Press Day.
To mark the occasion, the International Free Press Society is presenting artist state security to protect him from violent retribution for violating the tenets of sharia in Denmark. Such threats have included an assassination plot uncovered by Danish police in February of last year. The day after the plot was uncovered, a number of Danish newspapers joined Jyllands-Posten in reprinting the Westergaard cartoon in solidarity with the cause of freedom of the press.on his first public tour in the USA, where he will be making appearances in New York City, Yale and Princeton. Since publishing his cartoon, the now-iconic Turban-bomb Mohammed image, Westergaard, 73, has required
To further advance the cause of freedom of the press, the International Free Press Society will use the occasion of this first International Free Press Day to salute Kurt Westergaard, and to call, once again, for the repeal of all blasphemy and hate speech laws that currently inhibit and restrict vital exchange and debate.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
International Free Press Day
It was four years ago today that a series of cartoons were published by the Danish publication Jyllands-Posten. The cartoons were of Muhammad, Islam's prophet. And the outrage erupted all over the world; riots, violence, even murder occurred in response from Islamists to the publication of the cartoons. The reaction from the rest of the world was mixed, with some bending over backwards to appease the outraged Islamists and others showing solidarity with Kurt Westergaard (the artist who drew the most famous of the cartoons), with Jyllands-Posten and with Denmark.
On the 4th anniversary of the publishing of the cartoons, the International Free Press Society is marking the occasion of this day:
I join the International Free Press Society in saluting Mr. Westergaard for having the courage to practice his God-given right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. May he, and the Society, continue fighting the good fight.