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Denmark considers deporting Imams

3 February 2006
It's ironic that it would be cartoons about Mohammed that got the world's blood boiling, when the tone of the public debate in Denmark for years has been disrespectful and xenophobic towards Muslims themselves. The editor of the Danish newspaper Jylland Posten, Carsten Juste, compares himself to Salman Rushdie, but has tactfully semi-apologised in English on his newspaper's website. The tactic of the Danish government, meanwhile, seems to be to investigate whether they can legally deport all the imams who they consider to have "spread harmful misinformation" or "made harmful statements to the Arabic press," damaging "Danish interests in the Middle East". There's freedom of expression and sensitivity for you. Or hypocrisy. Reporters without Borders prints a reminder that private media in Denmark are not mouthpieces of government or Danish people. This Dane agrees.

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