Four years after cartoons of the prophet Muhammad set off violent
protests across the Muslim world, Islamic nations are mounting a
campaign for an international treaty to protect religious symbols and
beliefs from mockery -- essentially a ban on blasphemy that would put
them on a collision course with free speech laws in the West. Documents
obtained by The Associated Press show that Algeria and Pakistan have
taken the lead in lobbying to eventually bring the proposal to a vote
in the U.N. General Assembly. If ratified in countries that
enshrine freedom of expression as a fundamental right, such a treaty
would require them to limit free speech if it risks seriously offending
religious believers. The process, though, will take years and no
showdown is imminent.
Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.
His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.
In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.