The Rushdie Fatwa and After: A Lesson to the Circumspect (Paperback)
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The Rushdie Fatwa and After: A Lesson to the Circumspect (Paperback)

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Paperback 173 Pages / Published: 01/01/2014
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This resounding defence of the principles of free expression revisits the Satanic Verses uproar of 1989, as well as subsequent incidents such as the Danish cartoons controversy, to argue that the human right of free speech is by no means so secure that it can be taken for granted.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349482085
Number of pages: 173
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2014


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"This is not the first account of how the Satanic Verses affair came about, but it is by far the most wide-ranging and best informed. It also includes equally authoritative accounts of numerous subsequent incidents such as the murder of the Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh and the Danish cartoons controversy, which, it is convincingly argued here, need to be seen as ramifications of the Salman Rushdie case. But this is far more than simply a recital of the facts, richly detailed and highly informative though it most certainly is in this respect. For what we also have here is a resounding defence of the principles of free expression, not in the debased, self-interested and ill-informed manner in which the British press habitually defends its 'right' to do as it damn well pleases, but in highly sophisticated philosophical terms. This is a key contribution to the debate not only on the right to free expression, including the right to offend, but on media freedom in general in the post-Leveson era." - Julian Petley, Brunel University, UK

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