Celebs call out biased media coverage of London mosque attack

Elissa
Updated 20 June 2017
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Celebs call out biased media coverage of London mosque attack

DAMMAM: Muslim celebrities around the world are calling out the double standard in the reporting of an incident in London on Monday, in which one man died and 10 people were injured after a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque.
British singer Sami Yusuf wrote on Twitter: “1/2 Thoughts prayers with all the victims of this terror attack. The reporting and use of language is truly shameful! #FinsburyPark“
“2/2 clear the word ‘terrorist’ is only reserved for Muslims. Call it what it is: A terror incident. Not just a ‘terrible incident,” he added.
Many local Muslim worshippers complained that police did not immediately treat it as a terrorist attack, saying they would have treated the incident differently if it had been an assault by a Muslim man.
Witnesses said the man was white and was shouting: “I want to kill all Muslims.”
The incident has been linked to a rise in Islamophobic crime in the aftermath of the London Bridge attack.
Arab singer Elissa also questioned the apparent bias against Muslims.
She wrote: “The attack next to the mosque in London is outrageous. It’s a sick world really! #PrayForLondon.”
“Another attack, another bloody day and all the victims are Muslim. And u still accuse Islam of terrorism? These are freaks with no religion.”
British author J.K. Rowling posted a Daily Mail report, writing: “The Mail has misspelled ‘terrorist’ as ‘white van driver.’ Now let’s discuss how he was radicalized.”
“Those who dehumanize & stereotype Muslims have no moral high ground from which to deplore demonization of secular westerners by Islamists,” she added.


#MeToo hits Pakistan as allegations mount against leading singer

Updated 20 April 2018
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#MeToo hits Pakistan as allegations mount against leading singer

  • Actress Meesha Shafi posted a lengthy message on Twitter, accusing singer Ali Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion”
  • “No woman goes public with allegations like this just for, fun," tweeted Pakistani novelist and columnist Bina Shah

ISLAMABAD: Pressure mounted Friday against Pakistani singer Ali Zafar after he was hit with a sexual harassment allegation by a leading actress in the first high profile “#metoo” accusation in the staunchly patriarchal country.
The allegations were trending across social media in Pakistan after popular actress Meesha Shafi posted a lengthy message on Twitter, accusing Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion.”
“This happened to me despite the fact I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind!” read the statement.
Zafar denied the accusations, threatening legal action against the actress.
“I intend to take this through the courts of law, and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any accusations here,” he wrote on Twitter.
Following the accusation, other high-profile voices were quick to lend their support.
“No woman goes public with allegations like this just for, fun. Obviously, you spend no time listening to women when they talk about how widespread harassment is in our society,” tweeted Pakistani novelist and columnist Bina Shah.
Zafar has dominated the music charts in Pakistan for nearly two decades and has also starred in a number of films including Bollywood satire “Tere bin Laden” which translates as “Your Bin Laden.”
The #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns have gone global since allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein were published last October, sparking an avalanche of accusations against other powerful men.
However, the movement has been slow to catch on in Pakistan, where women have fought for their rights for years in a patriarchal society where so-called “honor” killings and attacks on women remain commonplace.
In a report released earlier this week by watchdog Human Rights Commission Pakistan, the group said violence against women remained troubling, with 5,660 related crimes reported in the country’s four provinces in the first 10 months of 2017.
In August, firebrand opposition leader Imran Khan was also hit with allegations of sexual misconduct by a female lawmaker who accused the famed cricketer of sending obscene text messages and promoting a culture of sexism within his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
He later denied the allegations.