This is the sort of thing that happens in a majority-Muslim country, doncha know, whereas in the West, we have the freedom of speech, and don’t have to worry about such things. Unless an appeals court judge orders that a video that offended Muslims be removed from YouTube. Or unless a pop star such as Katy Perry alters her music video to avoid offending Muslims. Or unless newspapers all over the U.S. and Europe refuse to reprint the notorious Muhammad cartoons even in stories about the Muslim riots over them, for fear of offending Muslims. Or unless the mainstream media demonizes and vilifies everyone who speaks up for the freedom of speech and equality of rights for all people. Yes, in the West we have the freedom of speech.
“Bahrain arrests 4 for ‘religious insult’ on Instagram,” from AFP, February 27 (thanks to Maxwell):
Dubai (AFP) – Bahraini authorities said Thursday that four cyberactivists have been arrested for posting insults about companions of Prophet Mohammed on Instagram.
The four are accused of posting on the smartphone photo-sharing service “texts and pictures damaging to companions of the (Muslim) Prophet”, state news agency BNA reported.
It said they were arrested after an investigation of users of the Instagram account and would be put on trial, without identifying the suspects.
The companions of Prophet Mohammed are revered by Sunni Muslims.
Bahrain has been deeply divided since a 2011 uprising led by its Shiite majority against its Sunni monarchy, which brutally crushed the revolt.