Focus on the Danish Cartoon Controversy

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

In commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, CJFE holds an annual event centred around a current free expression issue. This year's event, held at Hart House on May 3, focused on the controversy surrounding the Danish Cartoons

Drawing Controversy: The Mohammed Cartoons
Three months after the Danish cartoon controversy flared up, tempers have calmed down, the protests have ended, and the story has fallen out of the headlines. But do we have any better understanding of what happened, what it means for a multi-cultural, 'tolerant' country such as Canada, and how this has affected free expression around the world. CJFE presents a panel discussion on free expression, cartoons, cultural sensitivity and the media.

Panelists included: Anver Emon, Professor of Islamic law and torts, University of Toronto, Nikahang Kowsar, Iranian cartoonist, Josh Paterson, Acting Director of the Freedom of Expression Project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Haroon Siddiqui, Editor Emeritus of the Toronto Star. The panel was moderated by Toronto Star columnist Olivia Ward

Articles by the Panelists
Identity Politics: Islamic Law, the Nation State, and the Danish Cartoons Controversy by Anver Emon

Other Articles and Links of Interest
The Colombo Declaration
Media, Development and Poverty Eradication, Colombo, 2 May 2006.

JEXCanada Online Magazine
In commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, the magazine focused on articles about the media and poverty.

Terry Mosher's Cartoon Presentation
delivered at the National Press Club on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2006, from the site of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists

The Chronicle Herald reports about the recent publication of the danish cartoons in Harpers magazine. In Canada, this resulted in Indigo Books and Music pulling the issue from its shelves.