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Rashid Rehman: “Courage in the face of threats and harassment”

Rashid Rehman: “Courage in the face of threats and harassment”

Early last month when human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman, from Multan, in Punjab province, was threatened that he would not be present at the next hearing as he would not be alive, it was no idle threat. Zofeen Ebrahim reports on the latest assassination to rock Pakistan

US report criticises Pakistan’s abuse of blasphemy laws

US report criticises Pakistan’s abuse of blasphemy laws

There are 14 individuals known to be on death row while 19 others are serving life sentences on charges of committing blasphemy, according to new report. Zofeen Ebrahim writes

US court orders Google to remove Innocence of Muslims film from YouTube

US court orders Google to remove Innocence of Muslims film from YouTube

New twist in tale of controversial film, writes Padraig Reidy

Is Katy Perry in the Illuminati? Or is she just not that into you?

Is Katy Perry in the Illuminati? Or is she just not that into you?

Sometimes it's more comforting to believe the conspiracy theory than face the fact that the world keeps turning whether you're on it or not, says Padraig Reidy

“Blasphemous” play cancelled in UK after protests by religious fundamentalists

“Blasphemous” play cancelled in UK after protests by religious fundamentalists

Renowned theatre group has Bible show cancelled after complaints. Padraig Reidy reports

Greece: When satire cannot be tolerated

Greece: When satire cannot be tolerated

A satirical Facebook page created by a blogger to mock a well-known Greek Orthodox monk has resulted in a prison sentence and opened a debate on Greece's blasphemy laws. Christos Syllas reports

Religion rules in Russia

Religion rules in Russia

From the magazine: Why does freedom of religion and belief continue to cause conflict in post-Soviet Russia? Alexander Verkhovsky looks at the new blasphemy act and its implications for freedom of expression

Pakistan gets YouTube back. Sort of

Pakistan gets YouTube back. Sort of

A localised YouTube service will be available in Pakistan. But users are far from happy, says Zofeen Ibrahim

Kuwait: Twitter user imprisoned for five years for ‘insulting’ Muhammad

Musab Shamsah was sentenced for mocking religion and publishing content that could be deemed offensive to religious groups. Alice Kirkland reports

Saudi blogger held for “blasphemy” released after almost two years in jail

Saudi blogger held for “blasphemy” released after almost two years in jail

Hamza Kashgari was detained for 625 days for tweeting a mock conversation between himself and the prophet Mohammed. Milana Knezevic reports

‘The biggest form of blasphemy we commit is to force another to live in fear’

‘The biggest form of blasphemy we commit is to force another to live in fear’

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012 for hosting the "blasphemous" Innocence of Muslims film. But now the country's parliament has been asked to define what actually constitutes blasphemy. Sana Saleem has some suggestions

Vladimir Putin and the new defence of the faithful

Vladimir Putin and the new defence of the faithful

Russia's new blasphemy law is censorship under the guise of protection for believers, says Padraig Reidy

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