Prosecutors announced the other day they would investigate the station for airing Persepolis, a movie critical of Iran’s Islamic regime, and in which Allah is portrayed speaking to the main character.
But potential prosecution is not enough, and not fast enough for this crowd. Nor is the owner’s apology enough. “Protesters attack home of Tunis TV station head,” by Bouazza ben Bouazza for the Associated Press, October 14:
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) “” A mob attacked the home of a Tunisian television station owner with firebombs on Friday, following protests against a film his channel aired.
The channel Nessma reported that around 100 people attacked the home of station owner Nabil Karoui at night, hurling firebombs and forcing his wife and children to flee out the back.
Karoui, who has apologized for airing the movie “Persepolis,” which religious conservatives deem blasphemous, was not at home at the time. […]
As if it’s “religious conservatism” across the board that is the problem.
Since the government was overthrown in January, Tunisia has been filled with unrest and demonstrations as well as the rise of a new ultraconservative group of Muslims that had kept a low profile under the largely secular regime of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
We tried to tell you.
Salafists, as the conservatives are known, attacked a movie theater in June that was showing a film they deemed insulting to Islam and last week there were attacks on university that refused to enroll a student wearing the conservative Islamic face veil….