Freedom of speech: An appeal to Europe

To learn to live at peace with one another in a diverse world, we must show tolerance and respect for the faiths of others

A poster of French teacher Samuel Paty on the facade of the City Hall building in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. He was killed last month, days after showing his class caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that had been published by Charlie Hebdo a few years ago. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

On Sept 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 editorial cartoons. Most of the cartoons depicted Prophet Muhammad. The newspaper stated that it was an attempt to contribute to the debate about criticism of Islam and against self-censorship.

When the cartoons were published, Muslims in Denmark protested, and the protest was taken up by Muslim communities all over the world.

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