A IMPRENSA BRITÂNICA E A SENSIBILIDADE ISLÂMICA
"Newspapers are not obliged to publish offensive materials merely because it is controversial ... the restraint of most of the British press may be the wiser course - at least for now."
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"The Daily Telegraph has chosen not to publish the cartoons. We prefer not to cause gratutious offence to some of our readers, a policy we also apply, for example, to pictures of graphic nudity or violence ... Those Muslims who cannot tolerate the openness of intellectual debate in the west have perhaps chosen to live in the wrong culture."
"There is a right to exercise an uncensored pen. But there is also a right for people to exist in a secular pluralist society without feeling as alienated, threatened and routinely derided as many Muslims now do. To elevate one right above all others is the hallmark of a fanatic."
"As Amin Maalouf, the Franco-Lebanese writer, put it: 'Christianity today is what European societies have made of it ... through countless little touches of the chisel' ... we should keep that chisel in mind in dealing with Islam, and beware of the hammer."