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«Here we go again. It’s like deja vu…This is exactly the kind of self-censorship I and my newspaper have been warning against,» said Flemming Rose, culture editor of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten paper, which met a storm of Muslim protest after publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad last year.

He said bowing to fears of a violent Muslim reaction would only worsen the problem: «You play into the hands of the radicals. You are telling them: your tactics are working. This is a victory for the radicals. It’s weakening the moderate Muslims who are our allies in this battle of ideas.»
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The decision to cancel the production even before any protests had materialized was singled out for criticism.

«To do it in advance of any actual protest I think invokes the next protest, because the radicals in any community are aided and abetted by that,» said Lisa Appignanesi, a novelist and deputy president of the writers’ group PEN in England.

«We don’t want to end up in a situation where we don’t dare to speak up. What we do not want is a society where one is constantly fearful about what the people holding the bombs or the guns might say.»

reuters