Topic / Free speech

Former Charlie Hebdo religion editor attacks ‘fascist’ Islam

Zineb El Rhazoui, above, has published a book in  France entitled  Detruire Le Fascisme Islamique (Destroy Islamic Fascism) which she dedicates to ‘Muslim atheists’ and will no doubt increase the significant number of enemies she already has. According to the New York Times, the book is “an unapologetic strike” against the strict application of Islam […]

Contrite gymnast Louis Smith misses parade to visit mosques

Louis Smith, above right, the UK gymnast who offended Muslims by ridiculing Islamic prayer, missed a parade of British Olympian athletes in London yesterday – because he was attending two mosques. The Mirror, which exposed a video showing Smith mocking Muslims, reported that he visited two mosques in London “to learn more about the Islamic […]

Egyptian TV presenter approves shooting of Jordanian writer

Reporting on the assassination a week ago of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar,  Hani Nahhas, above, of Alhadas Elyoum TV, told viewers that Hattar’s “blasphemy” did not count as free speech and that he deserved to ‘stand trial in God’s court. They say [Hattar] is a martyr, killed for the sake of freedom of speech, but […]

Teenage blogger jailed in Singapore for the second time

Fifteen months after he was given a prison sentence for ‘wounding religious feelings’, teenage blogger Amos Yee, above, was today sentenced to six weeks imprisonment for a similar ‘crime’ and fined $2,000. According to this report, the 17-year-old was found guilty of eight charges – two for failing to turn up at a police station […]

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Cape Town, but, because the university’s administration considers him to be ‘a security risk’, his invitation has been rescinded.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. […]