Pakistan bans Newsweek over Van Gogh article

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26 November 2004AMSTERDAM — A court in Pakistan has banned the latest edition of US news magazine Newsweek because an article about murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was said to desecrate the Koran.

26 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — A court in Pakistan has banned the latest edition of US news magazine Newsweek because an article about murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was said to desecrate the Koran.

BBC reported that Islamic parties objected to the article 'Clash of Civilisations' because they said it was biased against Muslims. A judge in Islamabad ordered that all copies of the 22 November issue of the magazine in Pakistan be destroyed.

Van Gogh, 47, was a very vocal critic of Islam and Muslims in the Netherlands. His 10-minute film Submission that dealt with domestic violence in Islamic societies was shown on Dutch television in August. It featured women in see-through clothing with texts from the Koran written on their bodies in Arabic script.

The English-language film appears to have been the main motive for his murder  in Amsterdam on 2 November. A note pinned to his body with a knife warned that MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other politicians who criticised Islam would be next. Somali-born Hirsi Ali wrote the script for Submission. She claims the Koran sanctions violence against women.

A Muslim man, 26, was arrested for Van Gogh's murder. Six other Muslim men were arrested in follow-up raids by the police as part of an investigation into Muslim extremists in the Netherlands.

Banning the edition of Newsweek, Judge Tariq Mahmood Pirzada said the article "contained some objectionable remarks which are tantamount to desecration of the Koran," BBC said.

His order will have little impact as the 22 November issue recorded higher sales than previous issues. In addition, the next edition of the weekly magazine has already been published.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news  

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