The Victims Have Faces

In Saudi Arabia, journalist Fahd al-Jukhaidib, who works for the daily Al-Jazeirah newspaper will be publicly whipped for “allegedly instigating protests against a government electricity company following a series of power cuts.”  He is sentenced to receive 50 lashes; in addition, he was also sentenced to two months in prison for his actions. In Iran, Mohsen Manju is “accused of having ridiculed the Koran, ‘reciting it in a western and anti-Islamic style.’” Thus, this Iranian artist has been sentenced to five years in prison for having put the Koran to music, a move “considered offensive to Islamic morality.” A fatwa against American cartoonist Molly Norris has resulted in Ms. Norris going into hiding on the advice of the FBI.  She had urged an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” which drew the ire of the Muslim world.  German supermodel Claudia Schiffer was threatened with death after she wore a dress...(Read Full Post)