Rami Khouri on freedom of speech

Freedom of Speech Is Not the Point
Agence Global
September 29, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Freedom of speech

“The unspoken assumption that emanates from the discussion in the United States is that Muslims who are angered by the insult to their prophet should grow up, get modern, and learn to live with the often irritating down side of absolute freedom of expression that allows anyone to say anything against any other person, group or organization. This legacy has served Americans and other Western democracies well. The freedom of the individual is the highest value in these countries, and must be safeguarded at all costs.”

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