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Trouble at Cambridge

Robert Peach has the story over at <a href="http://www.commentarymagazine.com/contentions/index.php/peach/243-243″>contentions:

[A student-run magazine] included a feature juxtaposing one of the notorious Mohammed cartoons from Denmark and a photo of the president of the Union of Clare Students. The editors appended two captions—“violent paedophile” and “prophet of God, great leader, and an example to us all”—without making clear which one referred to which image. Condemnation and open threats from outraged students and faculty rained down on the magazine’s staff, and one of the editors has gone into hiding for fear of reprisals. . . .
Has Cambridge come to the defense of its beleaguered journalistic provocateurs? Not exactly. The university has cut off the magazine’s funding while mulling further disciplinary action. Worse, local law-enforcement authorities are considering prosecuting the students under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which criminalizes causing “harassment, alarm, or distress.”

Joseph AbramsCandace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues. A former college professor with a doctorate in French from Tulane University, she was appointed to the ...

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