Aljazeera: Listening Post on Pakistani Blasphemy Laws

In this weeks Listening Post aired on March 18, 2011, the media coverage of the Pakistani Blasphemy laws was the second main segment of the weekly show. The first part of the show covered the coverage of Japan disaster. The Pakistani segment ends with Global Village Voices on the blasphemy laws, which includes my comments on the issue. I am grateful to the Listening Post staff for including my opinion in their coverage of this extremely sensitive issue. Provided below is their write up about this segment of the show, followed by the video of the entire show.

Pakistan is being torn apart by people who want to take it in different directions. This struggle is reflected in the country’s media and nowhere is it more apparent than in the debate over Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws.

They are so strict that while the media can report on blasphemy cases, it can not disclose the details of the alleged offences.

The laws – and the void in reporting they have created – are polarising the country even further.

Listening Post’s Meenakshi Ravi reports on the Pakistani anti-blasphemy laws and the media rhetoric surrounding them.


The full version of my views on the subject is provided below: