Ebadi & Ganji v. Muhammad cartoonist

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Fred
by Fred
09-Oct-2010
 

Yesterday Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist most known for his Muhammad cartoons was awarded the German Media Freedom Prize.

Sabine Sasse, project manager of the award event told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:

“"Kurt Westergaard is a symbol for press freedom and freedom of opinion because he stands for what he is doing -- and it's not right that some people want to kill him,"

And:

"Death threats are not our culture. So we fight for these rights. In a good democracy, it must be possible to have different opinions and discuss things."

Sasse said the prize "is a sign from leading persons of our society that freedom of speech and of the press is very, very important for us. Whatever happens, we will fight for this -- - not with weapons, but with the weapon of language and awards."

The 2007 honoree of the same award, Journalist Akbar Ganji and the lone Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi were to attend the ceremony. In protesting the awarding of the prize to Kurt Westergaard, both Iranians walked out.

In subsequent interviews both Iranians who are living in exile due to lack of freedom including the freedom of speech back in Iran vehemently condemned Mr. Westergaard and the award officials for recognizing him. By citing hate crime laws, the Nobel Peace Laureate went a step further and intimated legal sanction should be imposed on Mr. Westergaard for his inflammatory cartoons.

My questions:

Did Ganji and Ebadi do the right thing?

Did they set the right example for tolerance which is sorely needed these days?

Did they manifest an appreciation of what democracy is all about? 

Can Muslims living in the free societies demand their belief be exempted from the very same treatment all other beliefs get and still claim compatibility with democracy as Lady Ebadi claims all the time?

 

http://www.rferl.org/content/Danish_Mohammed_Cartoonist_Receives_German_Media_Freedom_Prize/2152433.html

 

http://www.radiofarda.com/content/F11_Ebadi_Ganji_protest_Germany/2185171.html

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Darius Kadivar

When Did Ebadi or Ganji Protest When Diaspora Green Protestors

by Darius Kadivar on

Teared Up and Insulted the Shiro Khorshid Flag in LA ?

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Or Criticize their Favorite Lobbyist when they endorsed a similar Behavior in discouraging the display of our National Symbol and Legitimate Flag in Public Demonstrations of Support to our fellow compatriots back home ?

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Farah Rusta

My answers to:

by Farah Rusta on

Q1. Ganji and Ebadi are inconsistent in their promotion of freedom of speech and worship, therefore their action is meaningless.

Q2. ditto

Q3. ditto

Q4. In  a free society Muslims and all followers of other faiths should enjoy the same rights to worship without fear of persection and being subjected to hate. 

 

FR


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Roozbeh

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

Points taken. I am all for voicing on behalf of the oppresses Iranian kids. I am also sick of hearing the Islamists specially their anti-Semetism.

Maybe we need more blogs about the desperate sitiation in Iran. And the mismanagement of Islamisc Republic. Not that they listen. 

VPK


Roozbeh_Gilani

VPK, I do not condone Ms Ebadi and Mr Ganji's Action....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

 In particular, given the context and the venue. I however happen to think that this trivial affair of Mohamed cartoon is being cynicaly used by the islamists as another diversionary tactic. Just check out the supporters of this walk out on this blog and another related. After shedding a few more crocodile tears for the "oppressed muslims", these stupid agents of islamist regime just give the game away by complaining about "lack of free speech when it comes to holocust"!

The fact is that the cartoonist, mohamed and Jews have all strong voices to speak on their behalf. They dont need us to fight for them. The 8 year old Iranian kid, having to miss school because he has to work in order to feed his family , can only look at us, his compatriots to make his plight known to the rest of the world.  

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


AmirKabir

Fred

by AmirKabir on

Your questions,

Did Ganji and Ebadi do the right thing? I believe, they did. 

Did they set the right example for tolerance which is sorely needed these days? I believe, yes.

Did they manifest an appreciation of what democracy is all about? I believe, yes. Democracy is about respecting the rights of others , not disrespecting.

Can Muslims living in the free societies demand their belief be exempted from the very same treatment all other beliefs get and still claim compatibility with democracy as Lady Ebadi claims all the time?

Muslims are not asking to be exempt. Muslims don't want any of the religions to be disrespected and Islam forbids Muslims from disrespecting Jesus and Moses even if a Christian or Jew did so with Mohammad. This seems more democratic to me than the hate, racism, division and etc that these characters are spreading in the name of democracy.

Now, if the Christians and Jews don't care about their religion that is their business, but since Muslims care, that makes it no one's rights to disrespect. specially, Christians and Jews. 

And I wonder where is the freedom of speech when it comes to questioning the Holocaust, Auschwitz and Zionists?

  

 

 


Majid

My 2 cents

by Majid on

 

I think the only thing they achieved by walking out was a BIG question mark on their own eligiblity to recieve such titels!


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Roozbeh

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

Because someone made a drawing and others protested. 

Your labeling of desire for freedom of speech as "lust" is not fair. By saying lust you indicate an excessive desire. However freedom of speech is not excessive. It is the primary ingredient of a free society.

This is something most Muslims do not get. Specially the two idiots: Ebaid and Ganji. They bring shame to the Iranian people and I rejcet them.


Roozbeh_Gilani

Why do we have to insist on such an obviously divisive issue?

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Simply to satisfy our lust for the "freedom of speech"?

in the unlikely case you might want to look further than the cartoonist, Ms. Ebadi and Mr Ganji or even Mahmood bi_mokh and his "rahbar", Here is a different view of the world to ponder upon : 

"No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses."


rtayebi1

why do we have to copy Jews?

by rtayebi1 on

Why do we have to copy Jews or any group or race? So just because lets say some Jews would walk out on a holocaust denying conference, we must do the same? Why can't we set our own example and not walk out? Do we  have to copy others? So what if some Jews r intolerant of other views, do we have to be like them?


Sargord Pirouz

Yeah, back at you, Israelis

by Sargord Pirouz on

Yeah, back at you, Israelis of "Fred." Would you folks sit through a prize being awarded for a cartoon depicting the holocaust as a big lie? A big joke?

Would you?

The hypocrisy, of course, is that such applied to the holocaust is actually a felony crime in significant parts of Europe. But anti-Muslim hate cartoons for muslims? They get an award based on free speech!

You folks at Fred inadvertently do a good job at promoting Ahmadinejad's perspectives on the double standards applied to the holocaust. Which isn't a form of denial, as you folks try to portray it as such.


MOOSIRvaPIAZ

I could understand why they walked out

by MOOSIRvaPIAZ on

They are muslims arent they? It's like asking Jews to remain seated in a holocaust denying (or some other jew bashing) conference in the spirit of "free speech and opinion".