Posts Tagged: offence

nahid-hattar

Murder of writer demonstrates urgent need for end to religious insult laws

The killing of Jordanian writer Nahid Hattar outside a court where he was due to stand trial for alleged ‘insult to Islam’ and ‘provoking sectarian strife’ is a clear demonstration why religious insult laws should be repealed without delay. Nahid Hattar, a 56-year-old member of Jordan’s Christian minority was reportedly shot dead by Riyadh Ismail

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Firebombing Free Speech

Three men are under detention here in London after allegedly tossing a petrol bomb at the home-office of Martin Rynja, who runs the Gibson Square publishing firm here. Gibson Square has shown the courage – or audacity, or foolhardiness – to publish The Jewel of Medina, a novel based on the life of Aisha, the

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The Jewel of Medina

Leading British writers including Monica Ali, Nadeem Aslam and Hanif Kureishi have offered their support to Martin Rynja, the independent publisher who has been targeted by religious extremists.   On the morning of 27 September petrol bombs were pushed through the letterbox of Rynja’s publishing house, Gibson Square. Police subsequently arrested three men and a

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