Le Monde, french secular republicanism and 'the mohammed cartoons affair': Journalistic Re-presentation' of the sacred right to offend

Lyombe Eko, Dan Berkowitz

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Abstract

This article explores how France's leading newspaper, Le Monde , 're-presented', or presented anew, French secular republican ideology and the right of free expression at the height of the 'affaire des caricatures de Mahomet' (the Mohammed cartoons affair). This global crisis, which was spawned by the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, took on a specific French coloration when French newspapers republished the cartoons and added their own caricatures to the lot. It was found that Le Monde used the crisis to restate French free speech values, and placed the controversy squarely within the framework of French secular republicanism where the right to blaspheme and offend is sacrosanct. COPYRIGHT

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-202
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Deterritorialization
  • Freedom of speech
  • French satirical press
  • Islam in France
  • Journalistic paradigm
  • Mohammed cartoons controversy
  • Re-presentation

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