Blasphemy

Indonesia, Google and the Surveillance State

Indonesia, Google and the Surveillance State

The internet promises both greater freedom and greater repression. It gives a chance of increased expression to millions of people whose views and voices have been and could still be silenced by politically repressive regimes or monopolistic media. But, it can also give those same repressive governments and media empires control so that they can erase contrary views. 

Recent events suggest that currently the push for greater control is winning, sometimes abetted by major tech companies.

Ispahani: Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws Persecute the Weakest of the Weak

Ispahani: Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws Persecute the Weakest of the Weak

In an opinion piece for CNN, RFI Senior Fellow and former Pakistani Parliamentarian, Farahnaz Ispahani, argues that Pakistan’s abuse of blasphemy laws disproportionately harms the most vulnerable in Pakistani society, such as Asia Bibi, and imperils those who would chose to stand up for them, like Rashid Rehman, a human rights lawyer murdered in 2014.