Politics & Society

Index Index – International free speech roundup 16/01/13

A Bangladeshi blogger is in critical condition after being stabbed by three unknown attackers on 14 January in Dhaka, the country’s capital. Asif Mohiuddin, 29, is the author of a blog about atheism widely read in Bangladesh. His posts often satirise religion, with one post referring to god as “almighty only in name but impotent in reality.” Press reports have referred to Mohiuddin as a “militant blogger”, although there is no suggestion that his work incited violence. Shortly after the attack, the South Asian Meeting on Internet and Freedom of Expression was held in Dhaka, and participants called on the government to protect journalist’s human rights under the constitution of Bangladesh, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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     – Blogger Asif Mohiuddin was stabbed on 14 January

Nigerian newspaper editor was shot dead on 12 January. Ikechukwu Udendu was killed in the southeastern city of Onithsa by an unknown assailant, who then phoned the victim’s brother to instruct him to collect the dead body. The editor was on his way to supervise the printing of the mothly newspaper Anambra News when he was attacked. Arrests and attacks on the Nigerian media are frequent but rarely resolved. On 26 April 2012, the offices of daily newspapers in the cities of Abuja and Kaduna were bombed.

Last week saw widespread attacks on the media in Greece, after bombs were placed outside of the homes of five journalists on 11 January. Homemade devices were used to carry out arson attacks on Chris Konstas, Antonis Liaros, George Oikonomeas, Petros Karsiotis and Antonis Skyllakos, members of the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers. Anarchist group Lovers of Lawlessness said they committed the attacks in protest against the journalists for allegedly covering the government favourably since the financial crisis began in 2009.

An editor of investigative weekly Alaan Magazine has been charged with defamation in Morocco, after alleging that a government official had ordered champagne to his hotel room during a business trip. Youssef Jajili printed a hotel receipt under Minister of Manufacture and Trade Abdelkader Amara’s name, which charged him for the alcohol while he was away at the expense of taxpayers. Amara denied the claim, saying that someone had ordered the champagne while he was out of the room. Jajili will appear in court on 28 January, and faces one year imprisonment and if found guilty under section 52 of Morocco’s defamation laws. Even though alcohol is widely available in Morocco, it is forbidden to followers of Islam, who make up the majority of the country.

On 15 January, Facebook announced a new format to its search facilities: “graph search”. The new tool will allow users to search for specific content, people, or images on the site. Critics suggest that the move could undermine Facebook’s privacy policy and allow users less control over their personal information, but Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the graph search is “privacy aware,” since the new tool will only search content already shared with the user.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted 23Feb13 at 11:26 am | Permalink
    HASSAN

    MY BROTHERS INFACTS HUMAN BEINGS ARE VERY WEAK AND VERY STRONG DEPENDS ON THE SITUATIONS. ASSUME SOMEBODY ABUSE OUR MOTHER, FATHER, DAUGHTER AND WIFE THEN WE INSTINCTLY RESPOND, EITHER BY THE POWER OF WORDS OR BY THE POWER OF HITTING PEOPLE.
    AS A HUMAN BEING DIFFERENT PEOPLE REACT DIFFERENTLY DEPEND ON THE POWER WHAT THEY HAVE. FOR EXAMPLE, USA UK AND OTHER COUNTRIES SOMETIMES THEY GO WITH THE POWER OF WORDS AND SOMETIMES THEY GO WITH THE POWER OF WEAPONS SUCH AS HUMAN KILLING THROUGH BOMBING ETC.
    IT IS THEREFORE, WE ARE STILL IN OUR WORLD FACING A DIFFERENT POWERS, BOTH POWERS MIGHT BE MISUSED AND INFACT BOTH POWER ARE BEING MISUSED IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.
    MY BROTHERS WORDS ARE FASTER THAN ACTION, WORDS CAN INSULT PEOPLE, WORDS CAN KILL PEOPLE.WORDS ARE VERY DANGEROUS, WORDS CAN INVOKE A WAR AMONGS MANY PEOPLE.WORDS CAN CREATE A VOILENCE AMONGS PEOPLE.SO ABUSIVE AND INSULTING WORDS ARE NOT USED BY EDUCATED AND CIVILIZED PEOPLE.
    MY BROTHER CRITICISM REQUIRE ETHICS,NORMS AND GOOD BEHAVIOUR ALSO.EDUCATIVE PEOPLE NEVER USE ABUSIVE LANGUAGE BECAUSE ONE PERSON ABUSIVE WORDS CAN CREATE VOILENCE AMONGS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BECAUSE WORDS DIRECTLY HIT PEOPLE EMOTIONS AND WHEN EMOTIONS ARE ATTACKED THEN DIFFERENT PEOPLE BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY ACCORDING TO THE POWER WHAT THEY HAVE AS I MENTIONED ABOVE.
    EVERYTHING HAS SOME LIMITATIONS AS IN OUR WORLD SOME PEOPLE WHO CRITISIZE WITH ABUSIVE AND INSULTING LANGUAGE WITHOUT LIMITATION WHICH CAUSE A VOILANCE AMONGS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, IN THE SAME WAY SOME PEOPLE BEHAVE AND REACT WITH THE POWER OF VOILENCE AND HITTING OTHER PEOPLE WITH FORCE.
    IF WE CANNOT STOP ONE THEN WE SHOULD NOT SAY ANYTHING ON OTHER,WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND ONE PERSON WORDS CAN KILL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE; OUR TODAY SCHOLARS ARE TRYING TO PROVE THAT THEY ARE MODERN SO THEY CAN CRITISIZE AS THEY WANT. THEN THEY DONOT BOTHER EITHTER THEY ARE HITTING SOMEONE EMOTIONS OR NOT.IF THESE PEOPLE WILL NOT BEHAVE WITH THEIR LIMITATION, THEN OTHER PEOPLE WILL REACT ASLO ACCORDINGLY.
    WE UNDERSTAND HUMAN KILLING IS NOT ALLOWED BUT CAN WE STOP USA AND OTHER COUNTRIES,WE ALL ARE HURT BECAUSE OF THIS INCIDENT AS YOU MENTIONED BUT CAN YOU STOP IF STOP THEN EXPLAIN HOW. CAN YOU STOP USA WHO IS KILLING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN AND OTHER COUNTRIES, WHO KILLED MILLIONS PEOPLE IN IRAQ. WHO KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN JAPAN THROUGH ATOM BOMBING?
    MY BROTHER WE ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE VERY WEAK THATS WHY MASS KILLING IS GOING ON EITHER THROUGH WORDS OR VOILENCE.WE HAVE TO STOP BOTH NEGATIVE POWER AND WE HAVE TO CRITIZE BOTH NOT ONLY ONE.

    FREEDOM OF SPEACH DOESNOT MEAN THAT YOU ATTACK ON SOMEONE EMOTIONS.

  2. Posted 23Feb13 at 11:30 am | Permalink
    HASSAN

    THIS PERSON HIT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THROUGH HIS WORDING BUT IN RESPONCE ONLY THIS PERSON IS HIT BY PEOPLE.

  3. Posted 24Feb13 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    Hassan, it is legitimate for muslims to ask to be treated with dignity and respect – but that will NEVER happen so long as criticism of Islam and Muslims — even erroneous and unjustified criticism — leads to violence, assassinations, mob lynchings and executions. People have rights, ideas and feelings don’t – and you certainly don’t have the right to never get offended. If you don’t like an idea then you should rebuke it in the marketplace of ideas, the only respectable and honorable way to do.

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