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Free speech in a free world?

In Nigeria, 46 churches have been burnt and ten people killed following riots triggered by the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo.

Chris Sugden

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On 9 January when French security forces cornered and killed the Parisian Islamists, Bishop Michael Nazir Ali drew an equivalence between the ‘Charlie’ terrorists and governments which executed people for blasphemy: ‘Many Muslim countries are doing judicially what those in Paris are doing extra-judicially. The Organization of Islamic Countries have campaigned for many years to bring in an internationally recognised crime of the defamation of religion. This is not therefore just about radical Islam. It is about the tendency among Muslims to suppress criticism rather than answer it.’