Freedom Of Expression And The Politics Of Satire

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Jessica Samuel POLI 103 V00799335 2015-03-07 Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Satire Freedom of Expression and of Speech was recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proposed by the General Assembly in 1948. Satire is widely used to voice one’s opinions about political, religious and global issues with the help of humour and is often known for pushing boundaries and creating controversy. Amidst…show more content…
Thus, the freedom of expression extends its right to the freedom to allow people to practice their own religion. Comparisons and similarities can be drawn from the satirical uses of Charlie Hebdo and Yannick Lemay. Charlie Hebdo is a highly publicized satirical newspaper from France, whereas Lemay is a cartoonist from Le Journal de Quebec who goes by the synonym, “Ygreck”. Both Ygreck and Charlie Hebdo publish satirical cartoons that deal with current political issues and are often controversial for being offensive. However, Ygreck faces significantly less opposition than Charlie Hebdo does. Is Charlie Hebdo more problematic than its peer satirists, and if so, for what reasons? Therefore, it can be supposed that satire borders discrimination when it insults a person’s religious beliefs. The relation between Charlie Hebdo and Ygreck should provide a basis for determining whether or not religion puts a limit on freedom of expression, and if not religion, what other ethical issues draw the line for freedom of expression. A challenger of this assumption may say that those who choose to exercise their freedom of religion cannot reasonably expect to be exempt from all criticism and as true as this statement holds; it is faulty because the universal declaration of human rights places certain rights above others’. In 2006, a Danish Newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published a series of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad and this unleashed an impassioned debate
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