Archive for the 'Censorship' Category

Charles Protests Brick Lane

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Prince Charles has pulled out of the Royal Premiere screening of Brick Lane scheduled for October 29. From AIM:
A spokesperson for Clarence House admitted to the Times today that Prince Charles was unable to make it because of the controversy surrounding the film as well as the royal couple’s busy schedule.
“Obviously there has been quite […]

No Ray of Sunshine

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

It is never difficult to distinguish between a Khilafist with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.
That’s my reworking of P.G. Wodehouse’s memorable line. Of course, he wasn’t referring to Hizbut Tahrir, but the sentiment remains the same.

Photo: Amirul Rajiv
Yesterday thousands of “activists” from Hizbut Tahrir in Bangladesh marched the streets of Dhaka to protest […]

The New Age is Yellow

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Following the wake of the ‘Muhammad cat’ cartoon controversy, a number of depresing events have transpired:
No lawyer has dared come forward to defend the cartoonist Arifur Rahman from the charge of sedition and blasphemy.
No newspaper or journal has defended Prothom Alo’s freedom to publish the cartoon. Instead opportunistic journos with personal axes to grind have […]

Muhammad cat: Clerical Hypocrisy

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

A controversy which spontaeously combusted in Bangladesh on Wednesday, following the publication of a cartoon deemed “offensive to Muslims” has blown over into a national crisis, involving freedom of speech and a power struggle between clerical political forces harboured within the existing Caretaker Government.
It started off with an innocuous cartoon published in Alpin, a magazine […]

Bloggers United Against Alisher Usmanov

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Here’s another example of British libel laws used by wealthy foreign plaintifs to silence comment in Britian. Craig Murray and Tim Ireland’s blogs have been pulled as a result of libel pressure by the UK lawyers of Alisher Usmanov following articles published by Murray on his blog.
On 2 September 2007, Craig Murray, the former British […]

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