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How to fight self-censorship in the face of Islamic threat of violence

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Submitted by Ellyn (United States), Sep 20, 2006 at 09:41

Re: Retaining free speech about Islam, therefore, represents a critical defense against the imposition of an Islamic order.

Already, some people are reluctant to say what they are thinking, for fear of violent retribution. In today's world, the requirement that one include one's city and state as name when signing letters can lead to self-censorship. It is too easy to go online and locate a letter writer--pinpoining his home on an online map. One of the ways newspapers could encourage more free speech about Islam would be to announce that on controversial subjects, addresses of writers will not be published.

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