Banned in Pakistan

Malik, Kenan
http://kenanmalik.com/2018/07/20/banned-in-pakistan/

Publisher:  Pandaemonium
Date Written:  20/07/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22877

Pakistan's decision to censor 'blasphemous' websites provides a new perspective on the attitudes of many Western liberals towards Charlie Hebdo.

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What the Pakistani action does do is provide a new perspective on the attitudes of many Western liberals towards Charlie Hebdo. When the Charlie Hebdo offices were attacked in 2015, many liberals in the West were reluctant to offer their solidarity. As I observed in the immediate aftermath of the attack (in one of the articles that caused offence to the PTA), 'hardly had news begun filtering out about the Charlie Hebdo shootings, than there were those suggesting that the magazine was a 'racist institution' and that the cartoonists, if not deserving what they got, had nevertheless brought it on themselves through their incessant attacks on Islam'. 'Those who claim that it is 'racist' or 'Islamophobic' to mock the Prophet Muhammad', I added, 'appear to imagine, with the racists, that all Muslims are reactionaries. It is here that leftwing 'anti-racism' joins hands with rightwing anti-Muslim bigotry.'

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