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UN slams
in Media
Islam and portraying and sacred persons in
Muslims as “satanic the media and by political
figures.” parties and groups in
Dutch private and state some societies, and at the
channels decided earlier associated provocation
this month not to show a and political exploitation.”
controversial anti-Qur’an The pressure to protect
documentary produced by religions from defamation
far-right lawmaker Geert has been growing ever
Wilders, who had not since Danish newspaper
The UN Human Rights The resolution was
option but to post it on a Jyallands Posten published
Council (pictured) passed adopted by 21 of the
video-sharing website. late in 2005 caricatures
last month, a resolution council’s 47 member
A US-based web service that lampooned Prophet
deploring the use of the states, while 14 abstained
has also suspended Muhammad (peace and
media to blemish the and 10 states objected.
the site originally blessings be upon him).
image of Islam, hinting at A recent British study
dedicated for displaying Several European and
a string of recent incidents accused the media
the documentary after Danish newspapers had
that targeted the divine and film industry of
receiving Muslim since then reprinted the
faith. perpetuating Islamophobia
complaints. offensive cartoons under
The council’s resolution and prejudice by
The resolution called the pretext of freedom of
denounced using the demonizing Muslims
on member states to expression.
media to “incite acts of and Arabs as violent,
adopt laws that would The publication of the
violence, xenophobia or dangerous and threatening
protect religions against offensive cartoons had
related intolerance and people.
blasphemy. triggered an international
discrimination towards Famed US academic
It also “urges states to call from scholars,
Islam,” reported Agence Stephen Schwartz had
take actions to prohibit the priests and rabbis n the
France-Presse (AFP). also criticized the Western
dissemination ... of racist UN Security Council to
The document, which media for failing to meet
and xenophobic ideas” and criminalize blasphemy.
was put forward by the the challenge of reporting
material that would incite The UNHRC adopted
Organization of the Islamic on Islam after 9/11.
to religious hatred. last year a resolution
Conference, “expresses And Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the
The motion, expressed condemning “defamation”
deep concern at attempts president of the US largest
“grave concern at the of religion and stressing
to identify Islam with Jewish movement, has
recent serious instances of that press freedom had its
terrorism, violence and accused US media and
deliberate stereotyping of limits.
human rights violations.” politicians of demonizing
religions, their adherents AFP
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