‘USA Today’ on FIRE and the Mohammed Cartoons
April 19, 2006
this morning features a piece by Nat Hentoff
, noted columnist and member of FIRE’s Board of Advisors, discussing the Danish Mohammed cartoon controversy on America’s campuses. In the article, “‘Free speech’ cries ring hollow on college campuses and beyond,” Hentoff focuses on shameful instances of censorship at Minnesota’s Century College
and at New York University
—both cases in which FIRE was involved. The column is particularly timely in light of FIRE’s letter to NYU yesterday
asking President John Sexton to publicly repudiate the university’s censorship of a discussion about the cartoons and to live up to the university’s promises of freedom of expression.