Skip to main content

French Magazine Bombing and Blasphemy Codes

Hudson Institute

WASHINGTON—The satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, published a spoof edition yesterday which featured the Islamic prophet Muhammad as its editor, sparking a violent firebombing of their offices. Many are now questioning the issue of freedom of speech in relation to Muslim demands to uphold religious blasphemy codes. This use of violence to silence free speech is the latest in a growing global trend that also entails non-violent means to enforce anti-blasphemy legal codes on both Muslims and non-Muslims within the West.

A new book by Hudson Senior Fellows Paul Marshall and Nina Shea examines this growing and troubling phenomenon that is an affront to individual freedoms of religion and speech in the West. SilencedHow Apostasy & Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide (Oxford University Press, Nov. 3) provides the first survey of the global range and effects of apostasy and blasphemy charges in the contemporary Muslim world, in international organizations, and in the West.

Both authors are available for comment.

Hudson’s Center for Religious Freedom, directed by Nina Shea:


Hudson Institute is a nonpartisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis. Founded in 1961, Hudson is celebrating a half century of forging ideas that promote security, prosperity, and freedom.

James Bologna, 202-974-6456,

Related Articles

It's Time, Donald and Hillary: NATO Should Expel Islamist Turkey

Seth Cropsey

All the reasons Islamist Turkey is no longer a Western ally....

Continue Reading

'I was a Bargaining Chip' -- What I Wanted to Tell Congress

Saeed Abedini & Lela Gilbert

I’ve been in the news recently because I was one of the three prisoners with dual US-Iranian citizenship that Iran released in January....

Continue Reading