The AMIC session on 25 June on East and West perspectives on freedom, responsibility and regulation heard Danish journ prof Hans Henrik Holm talk on the Mohammed cartoons published in his country.
He summarised three arguments in favour of publication:
1. there should not be self-censorship based on reasons of fear; 2. religious values should not trump secular values; 3. free speech should have no “buts”.
The first-ever World Journalism Education Congress kicked off in Singapore today, with people from more than 40 countries taking part, and some 28 journalism educators assocations. It’s being hosted by the Asia Media Information Centre .
Not many Africans here, excepting me, Prof Fackson Banda and Jeanne du Toit from Rhodes, Arrie de Beer, Elanie Steyn, Thalyta Swanepoel (all South African), Ignatius Kapoli (Tanzania), John Mukela (NSJ Mozambique) and Ralph Akinfeleye (Nigeria).