"The culture should be free, and every artist and every researcher should be free to write about all religions without any restriction."Read about Al-Afif al-Akhdar whose words these are. Some now fear for his safety:
Friends and supporters of Al-Afif al-Akhdar are convinced: the life of the veteran fighter for secularism and democracy in the Arab world is in danger.Somewhat in the same neck of the woods:
An independent theatre festival in Toledo lost its government subsidies this week for refusing to cancel a show that satirises the Pope and advocates atheism.
It is the latest front in a battle that has raged since February around comedian Leo Bassi's act, Revelation, which has angered the Catholic church in Spain, sparked violent protests by the extreme right in Madrid and fuelled a nationwide debate on artistic freedom.