Deadly Serious

Tom Flynn

The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech, by Flemming Rose, with a foreword by Nat Hentoff (Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2014, ISBN 978-939709-42-4) 237 pp. Hardcover, $24.95.


Published before the Islamic attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, this book takes on even greater relevance in the massacre’s wake. Author Flemming Rose is an editor of the Danish tabloid Jyllands-Posten (the Jutlands Post); famously, it was Rose who commissioned a dozen cartoons, some depicting the prophet Muhammad, that appeared in the paper in 2005. Months later, these cartoons triggered a surge of Muslim rage and violence whose echoes are still resounding. (Charlie Hebdo republished the cartoons as a gesture of solidarity at the height of the cartoon crisis and published its own Muhammad cartoons from time to time thereafter.)

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