Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date


Conference Name

International Society for Political Psychology

Conference City

Barcelona, Spain

Conference Dates

July 12-18, 2006.


On September 30, 2005 a large Danish newspaper published a set of twelve cartoons picturing the prophet Muhammad. The text was about freedom of the press; the cartoons, which the author knew would anger Muslims, were to demonstrate freedom as it was being exercised by the newspaper. Thirteen days later Al Jazeera's English language website contained a brief report about a protest by Muslim organizations in Denmark. Then nothing until the end of January 2006 when there was an explosion of news reporting about protests by Muslim communities demanding an apology for the desecration of their leader and their faith.We use this episode to examine the interaction of reporting and protest in the global domain.