Monday, February 28, 2005
Europe, Islam and the newspaper industry
There is not a week without some news about how Europe and European newspapers deal with Islam and sometimes Islamism. Here are two examples provided by the European Journalism Centre: " 1 - Germany closed down a Turkish-language Islamist daily newspaper that has denied the Holocaust. Interior Minister Otto Schily put a banning order on the Yeni Akit publishing house, which brings out the European edition of Anadoluda Vakit. The title means "the times in Anatolia". The Interior Ministry in Berlin said the closure was ordered because Vakit had incited to ethnic hate. The newspaper had attacked Israel, Jews in general and the fundamentals of western society."
2 - In The Netherlands, a Rotterdam mosque has demanded newspaper De Telegraaf to correct a report claiming that one of its imams was to be deported for inciting hatred and Jihad. The chairperson of the Stichting Iskender Pasa mosque, Isa Kandenir, said that the report was incorrect. Kandenir said the prayer service was being held and the imam was in attendance as usual. The mosque foundation sent a legal letter to De Telegraaf demanding that a correction be published in the newspaper.
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