NYU Shamefully Censors Cartoon Panel Discussion

March 30, 2006

Yesterday, FIRE announced that New York University (NYU) was planning to squelch a panel discussion on the Danish cartoons of Mohammed by requiring that the panel’s organizers choose either to exclude over 150 registered off-campus guests or to agree not to show the Danish cartoons. While the event was held last night with what students called their largest crowd ever, NYU did not allow the cartoons to be shown or allow all of the off-campus guests to attend. Instead, students were forced to display easels with blank panels. FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, who took part in the discussion, noted, “Those blank easels were a testament to campus repression and a climate of fear.” More coverage is available on FIRE’s blog, The Torch.

Schools:  New York University

Cases:  New York University: Suppression of Discussion of Mohammed Cartoons Mohammed Cartoon Controversy: FIRE Response to Intimidation and Newspaper Disputes