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Presidents of Egypt and Yemen Call for Cultural Limits to Free Speech Updated: 2012-09-27 12:00:00 KST

Presidents of Egypt and Yemen Call for Cultural Limits to Free Speech
Egypt's first democratically elected president called for cultural limits on freedom of speech in his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
President Mohamed Morsi, in his first address to the UN, said he respects freedom of expression, but not as a means to incite hatred, and rejected U.S. President Barack Obama's broad defense of free speech as a universal value at the General Assembly the previous day.
Morsi also condemned the violence that has erupted over a U.S.-made video that denigrates the Prophet Mohammed.

[Interview : Mohamed Morsi, Egypian president]
"Egypt respects freedom of expression. One that is not used to incite hatred against anyone. One that is not directed towards one specific religion or culture. A freedom of expression that tackles exremism and violence. Not the freedom of expression that deepens ignorance and disregards others. But we laso stand firmly against the use of violence in expressing objection to these obscenities."

Morsi is the first democratically elected president of Egypt after the fall of the autocratic President Hosni Mubarak last year.
In his UN address, Yemeni President echoed Morsi's remarks, but added that "violence and incitement of hatred is contradictory to the values of the true Islamic religion."
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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