Category Archive: free expression

Jun 13 2012



A new Jesus and Mo. There have been a lot of hurt religious sentiments recently. It’s such a shame.                                 (via Fame at Last)

Jun 13 2012

Defending Rasheed

Ismail ‘Hilath’ Rasheed, a Maldivian blogger, journalist and free speech advocate, has been brutally attacked near his home on 4 June 2012. His throat was slit through the trachea and he survived only because a vital artery was missed by millimetres. He is recovering. Whilst police are still investigating, it is believed to be the …

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Jun 11 2012

All you need for an arrest is hurt religious sentiment

A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for the writer of a 2003 novel “Bhanga Math” (“Broken Temple”). The book has already been banned for insulting Mohammed. The court issued the order in response to a petition from an Islamist accusing the author Salam Azad of hurting religious sentiment. And did you hear about …

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May 29 2012

You want to ban hate speech? Isn’t that what religion is?

I was on a panel discussion this past weekend on free expression. In such discussions, there are always those who are proponents of banning ‘hate’ speech because they say it causes emotional distress and can lead to discrimination. My response is that much of religion is hate speech. Have they read the Koran or Bible …

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May 26 2012

We don’t draw the line

I am off to Brighton today to join a panel discussion on ‘Where do you draw the line’ on free expression. I say no where. Let people talk even if what they say is disgusting. You can’t and mustn’t stop people from reciting the Koran because it’s inhuman just as you can’t and mustn’t stop …

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May 23 2012

Freedom of Expression, Multiculturalism and Political Islam

I got back from Kamloops yesterday. Though I was exhausted, I’m really glad I went – fantastic people, speakers and organisers! Here’s the speech I gave: * Kuwait’s parliament recently voted in favour of a legal amendment that would make blasphemy a crime punishable by death following the arrest of a man accused of insulting …

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May 16 2012

May 26 2012: Day of Action to Defend rapper Shahin Najafi facing a death fatwa

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) supports the International Day of Action in support of Shahin Najafi, an Iranian rapper and songwriter living in Germany who has received a fatwa of death by the two Iranian Ayatollahs Makarem Shirazi and Safi Golpayegani. Shahin has been accused of offending Islam in his rap, Naghi. A …

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May 12 2012

We need more cartoons

Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokrayeh has been sentenced to 25 lashes for ‘insulting’ a Member of the Islamic Assembly, Ahmad Lotfi Ashtiani, by drawing him in a football kit. The cartoon is criticising the interference of politicians in sports. Another Iranian cartoonist, Mana Neyestani, condemned the sentence as “cruel and uncivilised” and called on others to publish more …

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May 11 2012

Finally, they’re getting it

According to the National Secular Society’s Newsline: A British TV channel that broadcast a talk saying it is acceptable to murder someone who has shown disrespect to the prophet Muhammad is facing a heavy fine or potential closure by Ofcom. The regulator ruled that DM Digital is the first UK broadcaster to break the broadcasting code …

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May 10 2012

Shahin Najafi’s death fatwa: They are at it again

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ayatollah Golpayegani has issued a death fatwa against 31 year old rap artist Shahin Najafi for apostasy. Shahin’s rap entitled Naqi is deemed to be ‘offensive’ to a Shia imam. The Fars press agency (which is a government mouthpiece) has announced the ‘establishment of a campaign to execute Shahin Najafi’ …

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Apr 26 2012

Unimaginable crime of principle

Do you remember the ten cases I highlighted to mark the 14 March International Day of Action to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates? One of them was that of the famous Egyptian comedian, Adel Imam. Well a court has upheld his conviction for ‘offending Islam’. There’s much that I can say about this but I’ll let author Alaa …

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Apr 25 2012

Alex Aan’s trial begins Thursday

Alex Aan‘s trial begins tomorrow, Thursday, with the first prosecution witnesses being called, according to Rafiq Mahmood. Alex is the 30 year old Indonesian civil servant who has been charged with ‘insulting’ Islam in an atheist group in Facebook. Rafiq says: This isn’t just for Alex but for all of us. There have been far …

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Apr 19 2012

INDONESIA: An atheist on trial for religious defamation

The Asia Human Rights Commission has issued an appeal on behalf of Alex Aan. Read it here. Their appeal gives a lot of information on the case and also gives a list of places you can send your appeal on behalf of Alex. Remember, it’s serious. He faces up to 6 years in prison for …

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Apr 13 2012

Interview with Alex Aan, Indonesian in prison for ‘insulting’ Islam


Rafiq Mahmood visited Alex Aan on Thursday. Alex is the 30 year old Indonesian civil servant who has been charged with ‘insulting’ Islam in an atheist group in Facebook. Aan is in the early stages of his trial – the exchange of lawyers submissions. Up until Thursday Alex was being held in the court cells. …

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Apr 09 2012

Update on Alex Aan and Hamza Kashgari: We must keep the pressure on

ALEX AAN If you recall, I had told you about the case of 30 year old atheist Alex Aan, the civil servant who had been beaten and arrested in Indonesia because his postings on Facebook ‘insulted Islam’. In an update on his case, it’s reported that he has been indicted on three counts. The report …

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Apr 06 2012

A cartoon is offensive?

Have you heard about the two young Tunisians, Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji, who have been sentenced to seven years in prison for posting cartoons of Mohammad, Islam’s prophet, on Facebook? Seven years… And yet we keep hearing how cartoons are offensive!?! Oh boo hoo. For those of you who keep worrying about how cartoons offend …

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Mar 18 2012

Freedom of Speech, Multiculturalism and Islam

On 19 March 2012 I’ll be on a panel discussion on ‘Freedom of speech, multiculturalism and Islam’ with Inayat Bunglawala, Founder and Chair of Muslims4UK, and DV8′s Artistic Director Lloyd Newson to discuss issues raised in their new production ‘Can We Talk about This?’ at Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, London. Tickets £4 (£3 concessions) Running …

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Mar 15 2012

We won’t be silent

Here’s Hassan Radwan’s video to mark International Day to defend Blasphemers and Apostates. Hassan who is on the Management Committee of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain gathered statements from Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims for the video.

Mar 14 2012

14 March 2012: International Day of Action to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates

Just a reminder that today is the International Day of Action to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates. As I said before, I will be marking the day by speaking at Queen Mary College on Sharia and Human Rights, which had been cancelled earlier due to Islamist threats. What will you be doing to mark this day? …

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Mar 10 2012

We must defend free expression to fight Islamism and sharia

As you know, One Law for All has recently been involved in campaigning to defend freedom of expression, both here and abroad. We will continue to do so. Not only is there a moral imperative to defend free expression, but it is precisely this vital right that is under attack by Islamists all over the …

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