What Does Freedom of the Press Mean to the OIC?
by Baron Bodissey
Answer: Not much.
If you read through the latest OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) press release, you'll see that freedom of the press is never mentioned without being followed a "BUT" clause.
It is not possible for the OIC to discuss free expression without qualification, without exception, with hedging it about with boilerplate on "responsibility", "respect", "mutual understanding", "dialogue", etc.
There is an obvious reason for this reluctance: to acknowledge an absolute right to free speech, a right that shall not be abridged, the OIC would have to admit the possibility that someone might criticize Islam.
And we can't have that, can we?
Criticism of Islam is evidence of Islamophobia, and, as we all know by now, Islamophobia is the same thing as RACISM.
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, here's what a free press means to the OIC:
OIC Message on World Press Freedom Day
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