As if the barbaric laws of many Middle Eastern countries that punish blasphemy weren’t already bad enough, the Arab League is drafting a new law that would allow its members to punish blasphemy even when it takes place outside their borders.
The draft, presented by Qatar, is being reviewed by delegates from several Arab countries at the Arab League.
Under its provisions, all forms of defamation, derision or denigration of religions and prophets will be considered crimes.
“The main feature of the draft is that it gives every state the right to put on trial those who abuse and hold in contempt religions even if they are outside the country,” Ebrahim Mousa Al Hitmi, the Qatari justice ministry assistant undersecretary for legal affairs, said, local Arabic daily Al Arab reported on Wednesday.
But don’t worry, this doesn’t conflict with freedom of expression at all. Just ask them:
The official insisted that the draft law does not clash with freedom of expression.
“The law does not interfere in any way with the freedom of opinion and expression which is well protected and guaranteed. “
Feel better now? Mr. Orwell to the white courtesy phone, please.