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Below is one of a selection articles found in an attempt to gauge the impact in the media of the WCC's 9th Assembly. Since it appeared in an independent publication, this article neither represents nor necessarily reflects the official policy of the World Council of Churches.




Freedom of Speech, Cartoon Violence Addressed at WCC Assembly


Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, but the violence surrounding the cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad shows a need for caution when addressing religion, the head of the World Council of Churches said yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Council's ninth Assembly, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, WCC General Secretary Samuel Kobia said freedom of speech should not be used to "humiliate people's values and dignity," or else it "devalues the foundation it is based on." (...)