“Offensive cartoons protected by free speech,” by Callin Sullivan, Daily Nebraskan, 10 February 2006, http://www.dailynebraskan.com/media/storage/paper857/news/2006/02/10/Opinion/Collin.W.Sullivan.Offensive.Cartoons.Protected.By.Free.Speech-1749271.shtml?norewrite200604112028&sourcedomain=www.dailynebraskan.com.
“Freedom of speech (or cartoons) is double-edged sword,” by Brian Bockelman, Daily Nebraskan, 13 February 2006, http://www.dailynebraskan.com/media/storage/paper857/news/2006/02/13/Opinion/Brian.Bockelman.Freedom.Of.Speech.or.Cartoons.Is.DoubleEdged.Sword-1749281.shtml?norewrite200604112028&sourcedomain=www.dailynebraskan.com.
“Muslim students speak out on Danish cartoon,” by Wade Larson, Daily Nebraskan, 17 February 2006, http://www.dailynebraskan.com/media/storage/paper857/news/2006/02/17/News/Muslim.Students.Speak.Out.On.Danish.Cartoon-1749401.shtml?norewrite200604112028&sourcedomain=www.dailynebraskan.com.
“Free Speech Also Covers a Right to Keep Silent,” Daily Nebraskan, 20 February 2006, http://www.dailynebraskan.com/media/storage/paper857/news/2006/02/20/Opinion/Staff.Editorial.Free.Speech.Also.Covers.A.Right.To.Keep.Silent-1749441.shtml?norewrite200604112028&sourcedomain=www.dailynebraskan.com.
“Prophet Mohammed’s birthday…,” by Danny Schulmann, Daily Nebraskan, 11 April 2006, page 4.
In a cartoon published in the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s student newspaper (but not the newspaper’s website), a lone artist strikes a blow (kind of) against PC-Islamic censorship.
The DN has tried to walk middle-of-the-road in the Muslim cartoon controversy. Most contributors have agreed that the cartoons may be offensive, but they are still protected by the freedom of speech. (Indeed, so do most UNL students — except, oddly, for Summayia Khan, the UNL student the DN chose to profile to get the reactions of Muslims.) Yet when it comes to showing solidarity with their terrorist-threatened fellow journalists in Denmark, the DN has been less than brave. Or cowardly. Again, middle-of-the-road
Declaring “Free speech also covers a right to keep silent,” the editors nonetheless criticized the suspension of 2 student editors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Indeed, they wondered if it was unlawful to suspend the editors.
Nonetheless, because “no good can come of” “a showdown between the most powerful countries in the world against the most numerous religion in the world,” the DN did not carry the Danish cartoons. So they’ll criticize the PC crowd, who suspend students, if not Islamists, who threaten to kill them.
Which brings us to today’s cartoon, with its asterisk and its snarky line. It’s a nice comment on self-censorship — without breaking that self-censorship.
If the Daily Nebraskan had wanted to be brave, it could have shown solidarity with the culture editor of the Jyllands-Posten.
If the Daily Nebraskan had wanted to be politically correct, it would not have run this cartoon at all.