Freedom of expression and reaction

By: N. Elahi Ever since the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten committed the temerity to publish caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in 2005 and defended it on the basis of the right of freedom of expression, the inviolability of this right has come under fire. It has become divisive and disputed. No doubt the perennial parameters of …

Attacks on cinemas

There has to be a limit to senselessness. After all, human beings have been gifted with the capacity to reason and think. But we saw this ability vanish completely on Friday, as destruction struck everywhere. It is not known why a decision was made by the mobs to attack cinemas. Two were burnt down in …

Free speech

By: Bina Shah Is the anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims, an issue of free speech or hate speech? That’s the question foremost on my mind as I think back to a weekend of madness, in which protestors against the film ran wild in the streets of Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore, destroying public and private property …

‘Misuse’ of freedom of expression

By: HUMAIRA KANWAL PEOPLE are abusing the movie’s team and advising each other over cell phones and online social networks to share those abusing remarks to register their protest. I am not convinced. I think propagation of a good act is a healthy activity but propagation of a bad act is negative. I believe that …

YouTube ban

By: Omar A Khan KARACHI: The ban on the very popular website YouTube continues in Pakistan. My question is that for how long will this remain? Surely, given the fact that millions of Pakistanis use this website daily, there should be some timeframe given by either the government or the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority which is …