World Cup 2022: Outrage against ‘racist and Islamophobic’ French cartoons of Qatari players

INTERNATIONAL A French cartoon has caused outrage on social media for its “racist and Islamophobic” portrayal of the Qatar national football team ahead of the World Cup set to kick off in Doha later this month. Published last month by the French newspaper Le Canard enchaîné, the caricature uses stereotypical depictions of Arab men as long-bearded, angry,[…]

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Texas gunman encouraged by IS supporter: Experts

One of the gunmen who attacked a Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cartoon competition in Texas was in repeated contact with an American supporter of the Islamic State (IS) group, terror experts said. The contest was organised and sponsored by Pamela Geller. The wealthy housewife-turned-blogger has become one of America’s loudest voices[…]

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Malay cartoonist arrested for criticising Anwar Ibrahim

A Malaysian political cartoonist was arrested after criticizing the conviction for sodomy of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Twitter, police and a rights group said Wednesday. “These lackeys in black are proud in sentencing,” Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, popularly known as Zunar, allegedly posted. “There must have been attractive rewards given[…]

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Understanding Charlie Hebdo

OPINION by Shafiq Morton Such are the times that a French satirical magazine holding no sacred cows, and boasting a circulation of less than 50,000 in a country of over 60 million, can print 3 million copies after its editor and eleven others are brutally gunned down by two masked[…]

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Charlie Hebdo sells out in record time

Charlie Hebdo has made a defiant return with a new issue that sold out across France in record time, as al-Qaeda posted a video claiming last week’s deadly attack on its cartoonists. The satirical weekly once again featured what the artists said was the Prophet Muhammad on its cover, but[…]

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Iran condemns new Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Iran on Wednesday condemned the “provocative” publication of a new caricature of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, calling it an insult to Islam. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham says the publication of the cartoon “provokes the sentiments of Muslims the world over.” Iran[…]

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SAMNET critical of new Charlie Hebdo cover

Whilst freedom of speech is a fundamental human right that needs to be protected, there also needs to be an adherence to the responsibilities that accompany such freedom, according to the South African Muslim Network’s (SAMNET) Annisa Essack. Her statements came in response to Wednesday’s first publication by French satirical[…]

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Muslims hurt by latest cartoon: Dr Rafudeen

The French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo is due to publish another cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) on the cover of its first issue since assailants killed 12 people at its offices in Paris. In response, lecturer at UNISA, Dr Auwaise Rafudeen said there is a need to educate the[…]

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Freedom of speech has limits: MJC

Freedom of speech is to be respected, but does have limits when it borders on what could be perceived as hate speech, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) said on Saturday. “If someone criticises your place of work, your car, your shoes, these things are fine — but when someone insults,[…]

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