European Free-Speech Debate Stirred by Anti-Islamic Messages

Politicians on the continent have ever been comfortable with letting people have their say


Bans on an anti-Islam video. Forbidding protests against it. Arrests for blasphemy.

The ongoing furor over a video and cartoons mocking the Muslim prophet Mohammed has reignited old dilemmas over free speech in Europe, with calls for stricter blasphemy laws, bans on protests and debates over how much free speech to allow.