Posted by: becketfund | June 19, 2007

Pakistan: Magazine Condemned as Blasphemous, Editor Threatened

Reporters Without Borders reports that the editor and several staff members of a fashion magazine, Octane, have received both a fatwa for blasphemy from a local religious leader and a blasphemy complaint from Islamabad police. The publications’ article “Adam and Eve, the bone of contention” and its accompanying photos were deemed blasphemous by local religious leaders and police alike. While some people have called for the death of the staff, police have reported the magazine to higher authorities, with the intention of having “the magazine closed and the staff convicted”. The editor of the magazine, meanwhile, claims he had no intention to offend and is ready to offer an apology.

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