Europe Limits Speech Against Islam Due to ‘Justified Indignation’

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The European Court of Human Rights abridged the right to free speech in the case of Islam because criticizing Muhammadanism could "arouse justified indignation." (Sputnik News photo)

Al Arabiya – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad is not covered by freedom of expression . . . “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace,” the ruling stated.

The decision by a seven-judge panel came after an Austrian national identified as Mrs. S. held two seminars in 2009 in which she insulted the prophet. The court said that the woman’s comments could not be covered by the freedom of expression.

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