Friday, February 17, 2006

Liberdade de não se exprimir

Com a "devida vénia", como se dizia antes, transcrevo de O Acidental (ENP):

"No joke

We are not publishing the cartoons which caused such offence after they appeared in Denmark, and we believe other British newspapers are right not to have published them. There is a history of irreverence at The Spectator, but there is a difference between irreverence and causing gratuitous offence. Why humiliate members of another faith by ridiculing what they hold most sacred?

Some have said the cartoons had to be published, or republished, to uphold the right of freedom of speech. But this is not an issue of free speech; neither our government nor any other European government has sought to ban the publication of the cartoons. This magazine opposed the Religious Hatred Bill, and reaffirms that position. Yet just because we possess the right to do something does not mean that it is sensible to exercise that right. Printing the cartoons was a childishly provocative gesture. To support publication by quoting the line attributed to Voltaire — I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it — is fatuous (...)


Sobre o assunto cartoons/liberdade de expressão, este editorial da Spectator diz tudo o que penso. Mais à frente, o mesmo editorial, depois de dar uma porrada na media francesa pela falta de "liberdade de expressão" demonstrada durante anos ao ocultar o passado de Miterrand, adianta ainda algumas das coisas que devem ser feitas para evitar a tão falada capitulação do Ocidente (no caso do Reino Unido) perante o islamismo radical. De entre elas, não constam a publicação, republicação ou proliferação de cartoons. Ainda que como reacção a reacções selvagens de intimidação e chantagem."