Danish Cartoons & Abu Ghraib Photos
If this connection has been made, I haven’t seen it: there are many people in America and elsewhere in the West are making statements about how the media should self-censor and not publish the Danish cartoons that have sparked several days of Muslim rioting. That’s fine, and their argument isn’t completely without merit.
However, it seems to me that these same people are precisely those who said that censoring the Abu Ghraib prison photos would be an unacceptable restriction on freedom of speech and a betrayal of the media’s allegiance to the truth.
I recognize that there’s a distinction between a photo and an editorial cartoon, but isn’t the gist of the argument that if the speech in question paints a bad picture of the West, it’s fair game and must come to light — but if it calls into question the violent behavior of Muslims, then it must be hidden?