Journalist Sued by the Muslim Union for Defamation

May 24, 2005

Source: BBC News

On May 24, 2005 BBC News reported, "Controversial Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci is to face trial for allegedly insulting the Muslim faith in her latest book, a court in Italy says. Ms Fallaci is being sued by the head of the Muslim Union of Italy, who says 'The Force of Reason' is defamatory. The journalist caused an uproar with 'The Rage and the Pride,' published two weeks after the 11 September attacks. In it, she said Western culture was superior to Islam and Muslim immigrants in the West had 'multiplied like rats.' Her lawyers have defended her right to express controversial opinions. 'At the heart of her thinking is the following reasoning: the fight against Islamic terrorism is made more difficult by intellectual terrorism cloaked in anti-racism,' Gilles Goldhagen, said in 2002, when a French judge was hearing a case to ban 'The Rage and the Pride.'"