Sunday, March 19, 2017

UK: BBC apologizes after it's Asian Network presenter asks 'what is the right punishment for blasphemy?'


Asia Network's video came after Pakistan asked Facebook to help it crack down on 'blasphemous content' as Pakistanis 'badmouthed' Islam online.

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By Charlie Moore | March 18, 2017

The BBC's Asian Network has provoked uproar by asking its Twitter followers 'what is the right punishment for blasphemy?'  A video posted on its account shows Muslim activist Shazia Awan asking followers to get in touch and offer their opinions on how blasphemy should be dealt with.  Her assumption that blasphemy - which is still punishable by death in some Muslim countries - should also be punished in Britain shocked many viewers.  

Paul Joseph fumed: 'There should be no punishment for 'blasphemy'. It's the 21st century for f***s sake. BBC is CANCER.'

Incredulous Ali A. Rivaz asked: 'Is this a serious question?'

Another wrote: 'If today @BBC talking about punishments for #blasphemy in Britain with 6% of population #Muslim what's our future in 30 years?'

Linda sulher wrote: 'This is BRITAIN, folks. WOW. 'What is the Right Punishment For blasphemy?' asks Muslim-focused BBC Radio Network'.

Maryam Namazie‏ added: 'Disgraceful that @bbcasiannetwork @ShaziaAwan would ask what 'punishment' should be for blasphemy. You know people get killed for it.'

And Safiya Alfaris wrote: 'There should be no punishment of blasphemy... instead punish those who scare children into believing they'll burn in hell.'

Asia Network's video came after Pakistan asked Facebook to help it crack down on 'blasphemous content' as Pakistanis 'badmouthed' Islam online.

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