Sdvizhkov, tomar show the way

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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 11:51 am

James Lileks predicts:

It will all blow over. The press will get its nerve back, and start investigating whether Jack Abramoff bought Cheney a beer in 1997 and thus impaired his aim in 2006, or something. They’ll return to their old brave role: Questioning Authority. Unless it’s located in Mecca.

Sounds about right. At least we can always rely on Zgoda in Belarus:

The weekly Zgoda on Saturday printed drawings of Prophet Mohammad that have sparked protests in much of the Muslim world since their publication in Denmark and several other countries, said Alexander Sdvizhkov, the paper’s deputy chief editor.

“We did the right thing by speaking out against Islamic hysteria,” Sdvizhkov told the presspersons.

Sdvizhkov is yet to be arrested, so he’s doing better than India’s Alok Tomar:

The February 28 edition of Senior India had already reached Delhi newsstands and police had to rush to seize copies of the magazine today before matters got out of hand. Senior officers have told police in other states to seize copies of the magazine …

Delhi Police carried out a raid to verify if the magazine had published the cartoons after receiving a tip-off. Senior policemen questioned Senior India employees at their Defence Colony office.

The police team found several copies of the latest edition in the office. They registered a case and picked up Tomar for questioning.

This is sickening.

UPDATE. Anti-Tomars continue their suppression campaign:

Muslim hackers angered by the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed have defaced nearly 3,000 Danish Web sites over the past month in the biggest politically motivated cyber attack long-time observers have ever seen.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/23/2006 at 10:22 AM
    1. It’s not great, although I think India’s case for censoring its press regarding the cartoons is far stronger than those of other nations who reacted in a similar way. India is the only nation in the world where I’d argue that publishing the cartoons is irresponsible and wrong, because doing so will *definitely* lead to violence and deaths. The question is, how many. Communal violence there is common and frequently very bloody – India has a huge Muslim population.

      I’ll also add that India’s press is – on the whole – considerably more ballsy and independent than that of any other nation I’ve been to.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2006 02 23 at 10:46 AM • permalink


    1. Yes, but will junior police officials do the questioning if Junior India publishes the cartoons of Muhammad torturing Whittington at Abu Ghraib over the Gitmo report about the Dubai ports deal?

      Posted by bobpence on 2006 02 23 at 10:46 AM • permalink


    1. Lileks is more what I have in mind when one talks about a “national treasure”.

      Posted by paco on 2006 02 23 at 11:52 AM • permalink


    1. Lileks recently, and imho correctly, used that term in describing Brian Setzer.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 02 23 at 01:06 PM • permalink


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