Mumbai police act against CH images

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Blasphemy laws were “unjust and outdated”, he said, and he urged journalists to ignore what had become an unwritten rule about offending religions.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)

11 responses to “Mumbai police act against CH images”

  1. Cali Ron says:

    Long live Charlie Hebdo!
    If the media and government censors would all publish the cartoons and reports that denigrate islam there would be so many they would be powerless to stop it. Grow some bollocks, please. The collective voices of the world condemning this act should be drowning radical islam out, but it isn’t due to self censorship and government censorship. The media have totally abdicated there responsibility to report and expose wrong, cowering before islam.


  2. AgentCormac says:

    Amazed as I am to be writing this, well said Lord Carey. By coming out and declaring that blasphemy laws are unjust and outdated he has, temporarily, gone up a notch in my estimation. However, this sudden outpouring of support for the right to criticise religion reminds me of the 9/11 aftermath. Suddenly, no more IRA figureheads leading Irish parades in New York. Isn’t it amazing how what was once held up as right and virtuous can be so easily and so instantaneously turned on its head? Apart from the idiot Bob Donohue, who seems to have outdone himself in claiming the editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo got what they deserved for mocking religion and ‘perverting freedom’, it’s interesting to see how all of a sudden everyone thinks that nothing, including religion, should be above criticism or satire. Something that the good folks here at The Freethinker could have told them donkeys’ years ago.

  3. Bob Russell says:

    why stop at “people of other faiths and none.” Do followers of Islam deserve the right to be free from barbaric blasphemy laws?

  4. Paul Cook says:

    There can be no freedom of life within any society that has any form of sanctioned or protected religion. There can only be true freedom if religion is kept out of all facets of societal living.

  5. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: Just what I thought. We need more people who are prominent to be saying the same thing.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Don’t forget that in some countries criticising the state is on a par with the strict prohibition of blasphemy, and in many cases the two are inextricably linked.

    I was going to say earlier that it is impossible for a non-believer to be guilty of blasphemy, so Carey is absolutely right in that regard.

    Irony of ironies: Emily Murphy announced on ITV News tonight that Stephane Charbonnier had recently been seeking funds to keep Charlie Hebdo going, and it looks as if this tragedy may well have secured the magazine’s future!

  7. Brummie says:

    Saturday’s UK Times newspaper (Jan 10) has an excellent double-page article written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali on being too tolerant of intolerance, allowing Islamism to thrive.

  8. Cali Ron says:

    One of the only media outlets to reprint Hebdo cartoons has been firebombed and the police say it’s to soon to tell if it’s connected to the Hebdo attack. REALLY. Seems obvious to me. As I posted before, if every media outlet would grow some bollocks and reprint them and showed some solidarity, the radical asswipes would be unable to firebomb them all.

  9. Newspaniard says:

    The trouble is that immediately the UK blasphemy laws were abolished, new laws were introduced which are far more draconian. If a householder stuck a Charlie Hebdo cover denigrating Big Mo in his window, under these new laws, the householder could be (and has been) arrested for mocking/denigrating religion. Hypocrisy rules from the very top of our society.

  10. Vanity Unfair says:

    This actually looks like good news.
    It must mean that the Mumbai police have got on top of the other things that used to clog up their timetables as these 2013 statistics show:
    Such as 954 homicides (not sure whether that includes 21 dowry deaths), 391 rapes, 381 kidnaps, 16,254 burglary/robbery/thefts, 2228 various assaults on women (does include 21 dowry deaths) and assorted other crimes defined by the Indian Penal Code. Putting Charlie Hebdo on the Internet might be included in the 7,337 Other IPC Crimes. I’m not an expert on Indian law.