The Muslim Cartoon Controversy Exposed an Absence of Courage

Marlette, Doug
June 2006
Nieman Reports;Summer2006, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p84
The article opines that it was cowardice on the part of the U.S. media and public officials to not publish the Danish cartoons which represented images of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. It contends that the cartoons, commissioned by the Danish newspaper "Jyllands-Posten," satisfied the standards of Western commentary and were an act of democratic inclusiveness in the part of the cartoonists. It points out that responsible journalism is subjective since the concept of responsibility lies on the eye of the beholder.


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