Mumbai police act against CH images
Mumbai police have blocked over 650 posts and pages ‘on a popular social networking site’ featuring some of Charlie Hebdo‘s cartoons.
According to this report, Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said that that they are blocking every controversial post that “they come across”.
He added that the police:
Are constant touch with the authorities managing the servers of a popular USA-based networking site to immediately block such controversial posts and provide us with IP address of the account holders.
The report also says that Mumbai Police’s social media lab was directed to search through various posts in a bid to hunt down people posting the cartoons.
This suggests that whoever posts Charlie Hebdo cartoons online would be in trouble with the law under the controversial section 66A of the IT Act, which provides wide ranging powers to police to arrest people for “causing offence” on social media sites.
In the past, there have been several controversial arrests under this act. In fact, there have been instances of arrests even for merely “liking” Facebook posts.
According to the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, the UK is no less scared of offending Muslims than India. He claimed today that the UK’s fear of criticising Islam has led to a “de facto blasphemy law”.
Writing in the Sunday Times after the terror attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead, he said journalists “live in fear” of speaking against Muslims and
he urged the media to publish controversial material even if some parts of society would find it offensive.
Blasphemy laws were “unjust and outdated”, he said, and he urged journalists to ignore what had become an unwritten rule about offending religions.
We need not worry about taking the vast majority of Muslims with us. They are much more offended by violence committed in their name than by cartoons or images of their prophet.
His words came a day after a 10-year-old suicide bomber killed at least 20 people and injured a further 18 at a market in the Muslim majority town of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
The former archbishop also called on Muslim leaders to make it clear that blasphemy rules do not apply to people of other faiths and none.
Meanwhile, we learn from this report that Paris made Charlie Hebdo “an honorary citizen” and that French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said the government was ready to grant journal one million euros:
So it can continue next week and the week after that and the week after that.
Hat tip: D Watkins (Lord Carey report)