Saturday, February 04, 2006
Freedom of the Press
I thought today was a good day to publish this photo of the Statue of Liberty here in Paris. You've undoubtedly heard about the cartoons published recently in Denmark about the prophet Muhammed which have raised a lot of questions around the freedom of the press. The answer seems to vary greatly from one side of the world to the other. Regardless of what you personally think, we must admit that although many countries - including France - claim to uphold freedom of speech, there are still jokes that remain socially unacceptable. Here, for example, there is no way you can joke about the holocaust, races, or the handicapped. Jokes about homosexuals have also become very offensive whereas they were accepted less than a decade ago. Jokes about religion - and especially Catholicism, the historical religion of France - have been accepted for a long time here.