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Category Archive: free expression

Mar 09 2012

DV8 Physical Theatre ‘Can we talk about this?’ opens tonight

DV8 Physical Theatre’s ‘Can We talk about this?’ opens tonight at The National Theatre. You can buy tickets here. By the way, I’m a character in it. I’ll be going to see it soon too and will also be speaking at the NT Platform on 19 March with DV8 Director LLoyd Newson and Inayat Banglawala on …

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Feb 19 2012

The Saudi government will be held accountable for Hamza Kashgari’s life and security

We demand immediate freedom for Hamza Kashgari! Open letter to the Saudi Embassy in London-UK To Whom It May Concern: We are outraged to learn that 23 year old writer Hamza Kashgari is in prison after being deported to Saudi Arabia from Malaysia where he had fled in fear of his life. The deportation of …

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Feb 18 2012

We are here for Hamza Kashgari, Alex Aan and others like them

Here is my speech at the 11 February free expression rally. We were there for the likes of Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari, Indonesian atheist Alex Aan and others whose lives are intertwined with ours, even if we do not realise it:

Feb 14 2012

11 February 2012: An Important Stand for Free Expression

One Law for All held a successful rally in defence of free expression on Saturday 11 February 2012 opposite the Houses of Parliament. Hundreds braved the cold weather to join the rally at Old Palace Yard. The rally followed several incidents in London recently where freedom of expression was curtailed in favour of fear of …

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Feb 14 2012

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Hassan Radwan just sent me a link to the video clip of the Saudi Sheikh Nasser Al Omar crying whilst relating the ‘offence’ that Hamza Kashgari has committed by tweeting about Mohammad, Islam’s prophet. As is expected, the Sheikh quickly gathers his emotions and calls for Hamza’s death. The sheikh’s crocodile tears remind me of …

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Feb 14 2012

There must be more people who want Hamza to live not die

The Facebook page الشعب السعودي يريد القصاص من حمزة كاشغري ‘The Saudi People Demand Ghisas [Retribution] for Hamza Kashgari’ has 22,500 members as of now. And the Free Hamza Kashgari page you ask? 2,500. Facebook sees no problem with the first Facebook page though complaints have been made. It’s ‘their culture’ after all. But a call …

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Feb 13 2012

Freedom for Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari

On 12 February, Malaysian police deported 23 year old Saudi columnist Hamza Kashgari, who fled Saudi Arabia after making comments on Twitter claimed by some to be “insulting” to the prophet Muhammad. There have been widespread calls from Islamists for his execution; in Saudi Arabia, blasphemy is punishable by death. Theocratic regimes like Saudi Arabia …

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Feb 13 2012

INTERPOL, you have done this before…

INTERPOL has issued a statement saying it is not involved in the arrest or deportation of Saudi blogger, Hamza Kashgari: ‘INTERPOL confirms that it has NOT been involved in the case involving a Saudi blogger arrested in Malaysia and deported to Saudi Arabia. No INTERPOL channels, its National Central Bureaus in Kuala Lumpur and Riyadh …

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Feb 12 2012

Malaysia must pay for this and Saudi Arabia too: Hamza must live

Police have confirmed that Hamza Kashgari was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday despite protests. A friend has emailed to say the Malysian authorities refused to allow a lawyer to talk to him. Malaysia’s home ministry has said that ‘The nature of the charges against the individual in this case are a matter for …

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Feb 12 2012

But you cannot shut us up

It was a good day for free expression. Hundreds turned up in the freezing cold in London to defend it and there were solidarity rallies and actions in various parts of the world. A report will follow soon, including videos on Youtube and photos, but in the meanwhile you can hear the brilliant speakers on the …

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Feb 11 2012

Free Expression Day: Today I go for Hamza, Alex, Asia, Zaniar and Loghman

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I go today to the 11 February Rally in London for Free Expression for all those who cannot be there because of efforts to silence them. Their lives are intertwined with ours and this day is about them more than anything else. It’s about putting people first not religions and beliefs. I hope you will …

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Feb 09 2012

Jesus and Mo counter-demonstration against free expression rally

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Feb 08 2012

I won’t voluntarily agree to self-censorship

Islamist Inayat Bunglawala says the amount of negative stories is “demonizing” Islam and calls on the government to do all it can to “ensure a fairer portrayal, a more balanced portrayal of the faith of Islam” in the British media when appearing before the Leveson Inquiry (which is looking into increasing government oversight into the …

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Feb 07 2012

Religion in power is the end of any form of democratic politics

The below is a section of Maryam’s speech On the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa at a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on 4 February 2012: The ‘Arab Spring’ represents a period of revolutions. It’s exciting, isn’t it? People in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya… have rise up against dictatorships. It’s a period of …

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Feb 07 2012

This is why we’re defending free expression – for the likes of Hamza Kashgari

Hamza Kashgari, a young journalist, was banned from writing in Saudi Arabia by the Saudi Minister of Information and has reportedly been forced to flee after being accused of blasphemy, atheism, and apostasy and following calls for his head. His crime? Tweeting about Mohammad, Islam’s prophet, including about how he’s equal to him and how …

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Feb 07 2012

11 February: Be there or be square!

Join the International Day for Free Expression Defend the right to criticise religions and beliefs Saturday 11 February 2012 London, UK Rally at Old Palace Yard (across from the House of Lords) 2:00-4:00pm Speakers are: Richard Dawkins (Scientist); A C Grayling (Philosopher); Alex Gabriel (Blogger); Anne Marie Waters (One Law for All); Caroline Cox (Peer); …

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Feb 06 2012

If we are really a majority, which I believe, can we please see it on the streets for a change?

One Law for All spokesperson Maryam Namazie was interviewed for this week’s Pod Delusion at the recent Centre for Free Inquiry conference on Blasphemy. She spoke about the need to support Atheist societies on campus and called for people to take to the streets to defend free expression on 11 February. “I think the rally …

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Jan 31 2012

More from the marketplace of outrage

Sikhs offended by Jay Leno’s comments have filed a lawsuit against him for his ‘racist’ comments. His crime? He made a joke about the US Presidential candidate’s wealth, saying that the Sikh Golden Temple was Romney’s summer home. In an ironic turn of events, the Ahmadiyyas who were so outraged by the Jesus and Mo cartoon …

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Jan 31 2012

Jesus and Mo is the point

Some atheists are not happy with One Law for All’s use of the Jesus and Mo cartoon on leaflets to promote the 11 February Day in defence of free expression. They feel that since the Jesus and Mo cartoons have been deemed offensive, it is best not to use them. But that’s the whole point …

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Jan 28 2012

Charges of offence and Islamophobia are secular fatwas

Here is my speech at today’s Blasphemy Conference in London: There have been a number of recent attacks on free expression here in the UK. They include 17 year old Rhys Morgan being forced to remove a Jesus and Mo cartoon or face expulsion from his Sixth Form College and demands by the UCL Union …

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