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The Tyranny of Silence

The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech

With Sony’s decision to pull its movie “The Interview” from public viewing due to threats of violence, the issues of self-censorship in the face of intimidation and the nature of free speech have rapidly moved again to the forefront of public debate. No one knows this debate better than Flemming Rose, the editor at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten who in 2005 published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, inciting a worldwide firestorm. In his new book, The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech, published by the Cato Institute (and selected by the Economist as one of the Best Books of 2014), Rose not only recounts that story, but takes a hard look at attempts to limit free speech….offering an extraordinarily authentic perspective that can be fully applied to the debate now raging over a motion picture, threats of violence, and what it means to live in a multireligious, culturally borderless world.