Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dangerous cartoonist inactivated

A statement against an almost totalitarian police action in the Netherlands, involving a police raid, house-search, seizure and imprisonment of a Dutch cartoonist.

Although a cartoonist may create questionable work, a democratic state should not arrest and imprison someone who has only expressed his vision, no matter how provocative. Intimidating people in such a way is the kind of repressive, censoring gesture that belongs to a dictatorship.