To whom it may concern,
I am writing because I am deeply disturbed by the events of the pastweek. No doubt you realize that I am referring to the publishing of thecartoon “Capitalist Piglet”, and the resulting backlash. It can not be denied that the inclusion of this cartoon in the Sheaf was hypocritical in light oftheir refusal to publish other cartoons with similar subject matter, namelythe “Mohammed” cartoon. It was also in very bad taste given its explicitly lewdnature. However, what I find most troubling is the suggestion that this shouldresult in any sort of boycott or closure of the sheaf. I believe that the sheafis an extremely important source of independent media, and that it is thenature, indeed the purpose, of independent media to publish matter which isdeemed controversial and in some cases even offensive. It is for this reasonthat the call to silence the Sheaf due to the contentious nature of itscontents seems like an attempt at censorship to appease particularly vocalinterest groups, more closely resembling the climate of communist era Russiathen our democratic nation. I am also deeply shamed at the lack of movement tosupport our right to independent media, which smacks of both apathy andcowardice. Does the sheaf require improvement? Yes. Did the staff of the papershow poor judgment by publishing the cartoon? Of course. Should the Sheaf beshunt down for exercising its right to freedom of the press? Absolutely not.