France Fearful as Hebdo Muhammad Cartoon Angers Muslim Extremists: Free Press vs Blasphemy Laws
The French government fears that French nationals could become the latest potential targets of Muslim extremists following the publication of Muhammad cartoons in Charlie Hebdo. The affair also launched the debate on the freedom of press and the role of the media. Most people understand that the cartoons could offend Muslims, but it's more important to guarantee the freedom of speech. To some, international laws criminalizing blasphemy could be a solution to avoid conflicts. However, in highly secular France, it is unlikely such a law would get many votes.