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September 20, 2001
Students Protest Cartoon's
Depiction Of Muslims
In Daily Californian at UC Berkeley
By Amy Williams, Staff Writer
BERKELEY -- Dozens of students
protested inside the offices of the University of California,
Berkeley, student newspaper Tuesday night.
The protesters declared a sit-in and
decried what they called a racist editorial cartoon run in that
day's edition of the Daily Californian.
The editor of the student publication told reporters on Tuesday
and Wednesday there were a hundred or so protestors outside the
Protestors were heard to demand an apology by the Daily Californian
boiard of directors. At issueis the publication of a syndicated
cartoonist Darrin Bell. In a statement issued early Wednesday,
the Senior Editorial Board of the newspaper said it would not
issue an apology for the cartoon.
The board said the cartoon represented
the opinion of the cartoonist and "in no way reflects the views
and opinions of the Daily California ... we maintain the
cartoon falls within the realm of fair comment." the board said
in a printed news release received late Wednesday.. "Cartoons
are usually exaggerated, sometimes satire, and almost always meant
to spark a discussion.
We are willing to begin a reasoned discourse
issue with a representative group of student leaders," the student
newspaper Board of Directors concluded.
In opposition to the Californian's position,
Robert Chala who said he represented the Arab Student Union
told reporters, "...this cartoon is a license for violence against
Arab, Muslim, Sikh, Iranian, and other communities... Freedom
of speech should not come at the cost of anyone's safety!"
[Editor's Note: According
to a notice early this morning, an unidentified party hacked into
The Daily Californian Web Site Wednesday evening and placed
on the site a falsified apology for the publication of
Darrin Bell's Tuesday editorial cartoon. The Daily Cal Senior
Editorial Board reaffirms that it will not issue an apology. UC
police are investigating the breach in the Daily Cal's online
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