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The 12 editorial cartoons of the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, in 2005 should not be considered an insult to the Muslim world. Therefore, appeasement to extreme reactions by the Muslim community, such as the apology of the Politiken newspaper in 2010, does nothing more than magnify the problem of admitting and imposing self-censorship. There is a great need to redefine what we call freedom of speech and make clear that respect and tolerance do not imply deprivation of our most basic freedom: to articulate critical opinions freely

 

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Germenis Panagis
Germenis Panagis
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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