Freedom of expression ‘not a pretext for promoting hatred,’ says Muslim World League chief

Freedom of expression ‘not a pretext for promoting hatred,’ says Muslim World League chief
Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 October 2020

Freedom of expression ‘not a pretext for promoting hatred,’ says Muslim World League chief

Freedom of expression ‘not a pretext for promoting hatred,’ says Muslim World League chief
  • Muslim World League chief cites human rights court ruling, but cautions against overreaction to provocation

JEDDAH: Freedom of expression must not be used as a pretext for promoting hatred, the head of the Muslim World League warned on Monday.
Those who developed such constitutional rights had never intended for them to be used in this way, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said.
“Freedoms should never be a bridge for conflict and a clash between civilizations,” he said. “They are not understood in this light.”
Al-Issa spoke amid renewed controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad first published five years ago in a Danish newspaper and a French satirical magazine.

A teacher in Paris who used the cartoons as a classroom aid was murdered this month by an Islamist militant. The murder has reignited debate over freedom of speech and offending religious sensibilities.

Freedoms should never be a bridge for conflict and a clash between civilizations. They are not understood in this light.

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa

“The European Court of Human Rights … ruled that insulting our Prophet Muhammad is not covered by freedom of expression,” Al-Issa said.
He was referring to a judgment in 2018, in which the court ruled that an Austrian woman who made particularly offensive statements about the prophet was told she could not use her right to free expression to overturn her conviction for disturbing religious peace.
However, Al-Issa cautioned Muslims against overreacting to provocation. “No doubt these cartoons offend Muslims and we condemn them in the strongest terms,” he said.
“But overreacting, which is negative and goes beyond what is acceptable, is harmful. In fact, it is beneficial to haters.”


Saudi Arabia reports 6 COVID-19 deaths, 226 new cases

Saudi Arabia reports 6 COVID-19 deaths, 226 new cases
Updated 19 January 2021

Saudi Arabia reports 6 COVID-19 deaths, 226 new cases

Saudi Arabia reports 6 COVID-19 deaths, 226 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 156 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Asir with 59

 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded six new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,335.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 226 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 365,325 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 1,986 remain active and 327 in critical condition.

According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in Asir with 59, followed by the capital Riyadh with 53, Makkah with 46, the Eastern Province recorded 25 and Madinah confirmed 14 cases.
The ministry also announced that 156 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 357,004.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 95.6 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 2 million.