Tunisia Gives The West A Glimpse Of Its Future If Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Gets Its Way On Religious Defamation Laws
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC’s) campaign against free expression and the institution of a global blasphemy law which has culminated in United Nation Resolution 16/18 and the ‘Istanbul Process’ is likely to result in the injustices seen within many Islamic countries becoming the global norm. Tunisia, not a country like Saudi Arabia or Iran which are renowned for their Islamist policies, is a country where the blasphemy legislation proposed by the OIC is already in full force.
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The French animation is based on an Iranian autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Islamic critics have described the movie as “blasphemous” as it shows a dream sequence in which the heroine imagines herself talking with God.
According to Egyptian media outlet BikyaMasr, “The airing of the film triggered a wave of violence, including an attempt to firebomb Karoui’s home on October 14. Salafi activists also staged angry protests in front of the offices of the station.”
Karoui has told reporters, “I will plead not guilty, of course. It is outrageous that it was I who appear, as people who burned my house were released.
A scene from Persepolis. A Tunisian tv station owner
will stand trial for showing the French movie.
“The new defenders of the moral order in Tunisia want to make an example out of me. We are in a moral dictatorship worse than under Ben Ali. Under the old system, I have never been threatened with death,” Karoui says.
Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s interim Director for Middle East and North Africa has said “Putting Nabil Karoui on trial simply for screening a film which shows fantasy scenes of God is a very troubling development. “The Tunisian authorities must uphold Nabil Karoui’s right to freedom of expression and drop these charges immediately.”