Arrest of Egyptian TV comic a reminder of our freedom of speech

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  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    @george of
    Please te us how the president has taken away your freedom of speech since freedom of speech is the subject of this thread not petty attacks on the president and no me asking you a question is not taking away your rights.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    April 3, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Do we have a free press here? With all the corporatations feeding us the news, how "free" exactly is our news? We see it everyday. Instead of researching out anything media outlets merely spew out views which we then regurgitate. If anyone were to take a serious look at our "free press" I'm afraid we would finally recognize that it resembles more of corporate propaganda rather than a free press

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    The comparison of Youssef to Jon Stewart is more than facile. The two have a close relationship and for Stewart, Youssef's arrest was deeply personal. Stewart was in his best form last Monday on The Daily Show with a stellar defense of Youssef's comedy and a exquisite putdown of Morsi, highlighting Morsi's blatant hypocrisy on slandering religion and on freedom of speech. It was a splendid defense of free speech and political satire. DesNews readers would do well to look it up online.

    Every ruler needs a fool to deflate the pomposity and keep centered. Lear had a good one. Otherwise they start believing their own myth. That's when the trouble begins.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 3, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    I loved Johnny Carson but not in the white house. I loved to read Mad Magazine, Alfred E. Newman smile entertained me for hours. But Alfred smiling smiling in the white house with "What Me Worry"
    message really makes me worry. There is an objective to the razzle dazzle. The smoke and mirrors, and distractions. Your freedom is being taken. That's not funny.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 3, 2013 5:38 a.m.

    Amen to what's being said here. Each day, many of us express our opinions on these pages and those opinions are vastly different. The DN Monitor attempts to keep the conversation civil, with much suceess, but there are still cutting remarks made either at each other or directed toward the authors who post there opinions in letters to the editors or op-eds. We do all this while taking for granted the great gift we have been given by our firefathers and those who have fought to maintain that freedon over the decades. I'm not sure if our proclivity to engage in such activity is uniquely American but it certainly seems to be encouraged here in our democracy. Our freedom of expression is a right that should be cherished and hopefully will not be tarnished by the irresponsible abuse of that right. Civil dialogue should always be encouraged but sometimes satire and irreverence are just what is needed to start that dialogue. The free expression of ideas, in whatever form, is one of our most cherished rights and we should guard it with all our might.