Tag: Insulting Religion

Bangladeshi Blogger Arrested for Criticizing Islam on Facebook

Bangladeshi blogger was arrested last month for allegedly “insulting Islam” on Facebook posts. The detainee is Mohan Kumar Mondal, a political activist and chief of LEDARS, a local environmental NGO. The blogger was arrested on 26 September in Sathkhira, south west Bangladesh. He is facing charges of publishing material which “hurts or is likely to hurt religious sentiments” under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. The controversial…

The Bangladeshi Bloggers: List of Death

Four bloggers in Bangladesh have been killed and several were seriously injured this year alone by alleged Islamist extremists, in grisly murders that sparked debate in the Muslim-majority country over freedom of speech. While officially secular, government officials have weighed in, warning journalists not to “cross the limit” when it comes to offending one’s religion. Over 90 per cent of…

17-Year-Old Singaporean Blogger Amos Yee Jailed for Posting Offensive Content Online

Amos Yee, a teenage blogger and a YouTube personality from Singapore, was sentenced to 4 weeks imprisonment for posting offensive content online. The affair started in March 2015, when Yee posted a video on YouTube titled: “Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead!”, criticising the former Prime Minister of Singapore, who had died only a few days earlier. Yee made a…

Saudi Woman Released After 3 Months in Jail for “Insulting Islam” on Twitter

Suad Al-Shammari, a Saudi blogger and women’s rights activist, was released after 3 months in prison over tweets relating to Islamic religious leaders. Her arrest followed formal complaints by the religious figures, who found the tweets “offensive to Islam and Prophet Mohammad”. The activist has been unfavorable by the Saudi authorities after co-founding the Saudi Liberal Network blog with Raif Badawi. Al-Shammari was arrested in 28 October 2014. She rejected the claims that her…