In the free West, we don’t prosecute those who are considered to have blasphemed Islam. We just brand them as “Islamophobes” and stigmatize and demonize them. It’s a much more enlightened way of doing things.
Pakistan’s government has sent millions of text messages warning citizens against the sharing of blasphemous content online. The move comes as authorities bid to combat a major uptick in religious violence as mob rule decides if ‘blasphemers’ live or die.<
Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) asked members of the public to report any objectionable content to authorities.
The telecom regulator told AFP that it was acting on a court order. It’s feared, however, that the government message will embolden the actions of violent mobs.
“This mass messaging will only further fuel hatred among different sects and segments of the society. It is a very very bad move,” digital rights activist Shahzad Ahmad told AFP.
Earlier this month a 10-year old boy was shot dead in Balochistan province, Pakistan when a mob attacked a police station while attempting to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy. Five others were also injured in the violence….
In March, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued an order for the removal of blasphemous content online, stating that anyone found guilty of such offences would be subject to “strict punishment under the law.”…