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Flemming Rose, Publisher of the Danish Muhammad Cartoons, to speak at Duke University

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The Committee for Free Speech will present Flemming Rose, publisher of the Danish Muhammad Cartoons, speaking at Duke University. Thursday, October 30, 7:00 PM.

Why did a small Danish newspaper risk censure--and violence--by publishing cartoons of Muhammad ordained with symbols of terrorism? What issues of free speech does this entail? Would you like to ask Mr. Rose these questions?

What: Lecture to the Duke University Community

Who: Mr. Flemming Rose, Publisher of the Danish Muhammad Cartoons

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

Where: Page Auditorium, Duke University, 116 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708 (Map and Directions)

In September of 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of cartoons depicting Muhammad with images of modern terrorism. The newspaper’s publishers stated that they wanted to bring issues of censorship forward into public debate. Various Muslim leaders called for protests; the result was violence that claimed over 100 lives.

This appearance by Flemming Rose will offer the university community an opportunity to hear the cultural editor of this publication state why he made the decision to publish these cartoons, what issues were at stake in the decision, and the meaning of the protests and the violence that followed.

Flemming Rose, cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, 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.

The Committee for Free Speech: Statement of Purpose

Contact: committeeforfreespeech@yahoo.com

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