Fear of criticising Islam has given Britain self-imposed blasphemy law, warns former archbishop Carey #CharleiHebdo

Britain’s fear of criticising Islam has led to a self-imposed ‘blasphemy law’, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned.

Lord Carey’s comments come days after the brutal slaughter of journalists at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, which printed cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammed.

He added that the Press should be encouraged to print controversial material, even if Muslims find it offensive.

Writing in the Sunday Times, the former Archbishop said: ‘A de facto blasphemy law is operating in Britain today. The fact is that publishers and newspapers live in fear of criticising Islam.’