Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Iran demands apology over German cartoon

Wednesday February 15, 2006
The Guardian

A German newspaper yesterday published a cartoon depicting the Iranian football team dressed as suicide bombers, opening up a new front in the row over caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

Iran immediately demanded an apology from Der Tagesspiegel, which showed four Iranian players at this summer's World Cup in Germany with explosives attached to their chests. A caption read: "Why the German army should definitely be used during the football World Cup." The general secretary of Iran's sports press association yesterday described the latest caricature as a "black joke". The Iranian embassy in Berlin called for an apology, saying the cartoon was "an immoral act".

.....Iran's bestselling newspaper, Hamshahri, yesterday defended its competition for cartoons about the Holocaust, saying it was a test of the free speech allegedly espoused by western countries. The contest is a serious exercise in debate, said Mohammadreza Zaeri, publisher of Hamshahri. "We do not want to make fun of anyone with this competition, we just want to raise a question to find an answer which is very important for us."
Does anyone else not see the unequivocal parallels between the two Iranian statements?


Jonathan said...

Wow. I never heard about this. Nice parallel. Free speech on the terms of Sharia law....nice.

Speaking of another "immoral act", how about Iran's latest threats to wipe Israel off the map? I hope they are being over the top. But deep down I think they may be crazy enough to do something about it.

Blair said...

I agree wholeheartedly.

Unfortunately, I am getting sick of hearing about this. The problem with a free press is that people tend to boil over on issues rather than seek solutions for them.

Reality sets in: there is no solution to the current 'crisis' over offensive cartoons. One party has hurt feelings; the other party is unwilling to give up its 'right' to hurt other people's feelings. Both sides have some justificiation. Neither have complete exoneration.

I suppose I am going to wake up tomorrow morning and read more about "free press" and "ethical duties... Oh well.