Putin: Insulting the Prophet Muhammad is not freedom of expression


Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed – on Thursday – that insulting the Prophet Muhammad – may God bless him and grant him peace – has nothing to do with freedom of creativity and expression.

Putin’s statement came on the sidelines of his major annual press conference, in response to a question about the line between insulting someone’s feelings and the artist’s right to expression.

And Russian media quoted the Russian president as saying, “It is not freedom of opinion, but a violation of the freedom of belief and sacred feelings for those who embrace Islam.”

“Let’s think about this aspect of the issue, we must provide freedom in general, because a sad and boring future awaits us without it, but we must realize that this freedom contradicts our goals when it tampers with someone else’s freedom,” he said.

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