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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Is fear winning?

The Mohammed cartoon insanity has taken a turn in Sweden that is bothering Polimom enormously:

The Swedish government has moved to shut down the website of a far-right political party's newspaper over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The site's host, Levonline, pulled the plug on the website of the Swedish Democrats' SD-Kuriren newspaper after consulting with the government.

It is believed to be the first time a Western government has intervened to block a publication in the growing row.

It seems that the Swedish government initially said that they didn't make specific demands of the ISP, but it looks to me as if they leaned on Levonline pretty hard. Evidently, Islam is pleased (and here).

Apparently - at least in Sweden - fear (not to be confused with respect) is winning out over freedom of the press.