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German opera company afraid of Muslim criticism.

 
 
Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2006 10:18 am
yet another example of censorship in the face of muslim anger.


Germany opens major Islam summit

The German government is meeting Muslim community leaders amid a furore over the cancellation of a Mozart opera deemed offensive to Muslims.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5385058.stm

Germany's interior minister called the cancellation "unacceptable"

Germany's Islamic Council leader, Ali Kizilkaya, supported the cancellation, saying the Muhammad depiction could offend.

Deutsche Oper said "incalculable" security risks would be posed by staging Idomeneo.

"We know the consequences of the conflict over the (Muhammad) caricatures," the opera company said in a statement.

"We believe that needs to be taken very seriously and hope for your support."

Berlin's mayor, Klaus Wowereit, said the director had made the wrong decision to scrap the production.

"Our ideas about openness, tolerance and freedom must be lived out on the offensive," he told the Associated Press.

"Voluntary self-limitation gives those who fight against our values a confirmation in advance that we will not stand behind them."
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2006 10:21 am
CBC radio interviewed the producer of the opera today, and she said that they don't tell the artistic directors how to do their work, so they were not going to tell him to take the images of Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha out of the production. She also said that she and all the production staff could be held liable in law if they ignored the warning of security services and there were harm or death as a result of an attack motivated by the perceived insulting content--so they closed the show, basically having no other choice.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2006 11:09 am
I found this article in the Guardian additive to what Setanta already mentioned..
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2006 11:22 am
Steve,

The German opera people are very aware that people can actually be murdered for artistic expression.

Their neighbor, Holland, had that terrible murder in 2004 of a filmmaker who offended the Muslim religion.
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