Topic / Free speech

Charlie Hebdo again sparks fury with bare Muslims cover

Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, unleashed a fresh wave of death threats last week with the publication of an edition showing two naked Muslims, along with the words ‘Musulmans … Dé-coin-cez-vous ! which loosely translates to ‘Muslims, free yourselves!’ According to this report, the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into threats against […]

Danish editor sparks free speech row in South Africa

Flemming Rose, above, of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, was due to deliver an academic freedom lecture in August to students at the University of Cape Town, but, because the university’s administration considers him to be ‘a security risk’, his invitation has been rescinded. According to this report, as culture editor of Jyllands-Posten, Rose commissioned cartoons […]

Thank Islam for freedom, justice and democratic values

Was the Independent having a laugh when it ran a piece at the weekend entitled The truth about whether Islamic values are compatible with Western values? Certainly, many of its readers thought so. Over 700 people commented on the piece written by Atif Rashid, a young British Ahmadiyya Muslim writer and speaker on religion.  I’ve […]

Censorship is being forced on Facebook over atheist pages

A coordinated campaign by fundamentalist Islamic groups has led to Facebook shutting down a number of Arabic atheist pages. According to this report, the social media platform has removed more than 16 Arabic-speaking atheist pages due to “violations” of its “Community Standards”. The closure has left more than 100,000 atheists in Muslim dominant countries without […]

Lashes & prison for Saudi man who posted atheist messages

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism in hundreds of social media posts. The Independent reports that the 28-year-old man admitted to being an atheist and refused to repent, saying that what he wrote reflected his own beliefs and that he […]

Despicable culture of blaming victims persists in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has become ‘one of the most dangerous places on Earth to suggest in public that gay people might have rights or that Islam might not have all the answers’, according to an article in The Economist. The publication adds: Bangladesh’s supposedly secular government seems keener to denounce the dead than to catch their killers. […]

Singapore authorities still gunning for atheist blogger

A further eight charges have been brought against Amos Yee, 17, who was convicted last year for making offensive remarks against Christianity and posting ‘obscene’ images online. According to this report, the Singapore teenager was again arrested on May 11 and released on bail of S$5,000 (£2,478.00). The charges Yee faces are for allegedly wounding […]

Center for Inquiry helps blogger escape from Bangladesh

Shammi Haque, 22, a secular writer and activist threatened by militant Islamists in Bangladesh has been granted asylum in Germany. The US-based Center for Inquiry reported this week that they provided her with emergency assistance to help ensure her safe relocation after she received death threats. CFI  says that Haque has built a reputation in […]

Idiots who taunted Muslims with pig’s head are in the clear

The US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals bench has ruled that a bunch of Christian psychos, called the Bible Believers, were exercising their right to free speech when they targeted a 2012 Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Detroit. According to this report, the Bible Believers were evicted from the  festival over their conduct. The evangelists were […]

Internet brings Dawkins’ The God Delusion to the Arab world

Millions are reading The God Delusion in Arabic, according to Kacem El Ghazzali, above, an atheist writer from Morocco who has been living as a refugee in Switzerland since 2011. In this article, El Ghazzali – a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) delegation to the UN Human Rights Council and the co-scientific […]