Friday, February 10, 2006
It was only a handful of newspaper cartoons, but it was apparently enough to trigger angry protests - some of them violent - throughout the Middle East and Asia. This week, Bob gets several perspectives on the uproar over the Danish Mohammed caricatures. First, he talks to an American newspaper editor who quit after his bosses refused to reprint the images. Then, he speaks with a law scholar who's worried by the post WW-II European legal tradition of restricting hate speech and "incitement." And finally, he hears from a Middle East historian, who thinks that framing the controversy as a free speech conflict misses the real story.