(ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 8 - Protect freedom of speech, expression and religion in Italy, Europe and the Arab-Islamic world, provide legal and (wheever possible) financial support to anyone suffering from ''legal jihad'' (i.e. censorship in the name of Islam by religious extremists) are some of the ambitious aims of the association Vincere La Paura (''Overcoming Fear''). The association will be presented this afternoon by the researcher Valentina Colombo, who teaches Arabic Language and Literature at the Bologna University and who has translated numerous Arab classics, including the Nobel Prize for Literature winner Naguib Mahfouz. ''Censorship in the name of Islam does not exist solely in Muslim-majority countries,'' said the new president of the association. ''The gagging of the intellectual class, and not only, by Islamic extremism is now also seen in the West.'' Here, she continued, ''anyone who speaks out against a representative of Islamic extremism or who does not abide by 'Islamic correctness' is regularly reported and brought before a judge.'' Vincere La Paura also aims to help anyone who is forced to convert in order to be married according to civil rites, and supports anyone who is threatened in general and therefore limited in their freedom of religion and expression. If one of the advantages of armed jihad is that of being clear and therefore easily recognisable,'' said Colombo, ''there is another type of jihad, a much more subtle one, which is conducted in courthouses.'' The associations aims to ''unmask the tactic of Islamic extremism which accuses, threatens and persecutes its enemies indiscriminately, accusing respectable Muslims of apostasy and non-Muslims of Islamophobia,'' concluded Colombo. Founding the new association alongside the researcher are the lawyers Gabriele Gatti, Tommaso Monfeli, Sara Occhipinti, Gherardo Fiume, Giovanni Formicola, Roberto Ponte and Rita Sermoneta. (ANSAmed).