The Western idea of a free Press

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 01.54.59Perhaps no tyranny in history, Dalrymple writes,

has enjoyed such a good Press, and for so long, as Cuba under the Castro boys. When it comes to Cuba, restrictions on freedom of opinion, thought and expression, which have been both severe and long-lasting, are…deemed by liberals to be unimportant, of no fundamental significance in their assessment of the regime.

Meanwhile the Brooklyn Museum

has only to be prevented from showing pictures of the Virgin Mary surrounded by blobs of elephant dung — without any private institution being prohibited from showing them — for the cry of ‘Intolerable censorship!’ to go up.

(2009)

The Holy Virgin Mary. Chris Ofili, 1996. Oil, elephant dung, polyester resin, glitter, collaged pornographic images.

The Holy Virgin Mary. Chris Ofili, 1996. Oil, elephant dung, polyester resin, glitter, collaged pornographic images

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