Notice of Special Event: Mr. Flemming Rose on ‘Free Speech in a Globalized World’


What: A Lecture by Mr. Flemming Rose, editor of Jyllands-Posten, publisher of the Danish Muhhamad cartoons, on “Free Speech in a Globalized World.”

When: Thursday, October 30, 2008, 7:00 PM

Where: Page Auditorium, Duke University

In September 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of cartoons depicting the Islamic figure Muhammad with images of terrorism. The newspaper’s publishers stated that they wanted to bring issues of free speech and censorship forward into public awareness. The result was a firestorm of protest, ordered by clerics some weeks after the publication, that highlighted the seriousness of this issue. Over one hundred people were killed in the ensuing riots.

This event will be a unique opportunity to hear the cultural editor of this publication explain the decision to publish these cartoons, the issues at stake in the decision, and the meaning of the protests and the violence that followed. A Q&A will follow the talk.

Flemming Rose is a journalist with long experience in European, Russian, and American issues. He has been awarded the “Free Speech Award” from the Danish Free Press Society.

Web Site: www.committeeforfreespeech.com

Contact: John Lewis, Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science, Duke University, john.d.lewis@duke.edu


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