Political Cartoons — Freedom of the Press and its Limitations in view of the Mohammad Caricatures 

A comparative legal Debate on U.S. and German approaches  

The Mohammad caricatures published by various Western newspapers have not only fuelled massive protests in the Muslim world, but also raise complex legal issues requiring different approaches in each legal system. Attempts to limit freedom of the press – one of the most highly valued liberties in the democracies of the Western world – have always been the source of much debate and litigation, resulting in bodies of case law delineating scopre and limitations of this basic right.

Now, we face new challenges: What is the role fo religion? Where are the limits of satire? Where does defamation begin? Which audience is being addressed, and how relevant is this? These gighly topical issues will be discussed by media and constitutional law experts, examining comparative aspects of U.S. and German law.

Die Veranstaltung hat am 27. April 2006 in Englisch stattgefunden.


Professor Russell L. Weaver
Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, Lois D. Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, USA

Professor John Knechtle
Professor of Law. Florida Coastal School of Law

Professor Dr. Josef Ruthig
Lehrstuhl für öffentliches Recht, Europarecht, Rechtsvergleichung an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Professor Dr. Uwe Volkmann
Lehrstuhl für Rechtsphilosophie und öffentliches Recht an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Dr. Mark D. Cole
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz