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By Alice Purkiss / 9 March 2012
A Saudi journalist facing the death penalty for a series of tweets deemed to be blasphemous is reportedly to be released. Hamza Kashgari, who fled his own country after tweeting a conversation between himself and the prophet Mohammed which sparked calls for his death, is expected to be released in the coming weeks to face a “light sentence”. Kashgari hoped to secure political asylum in New Zealand but was arrested in Kuala Lumpur while in transit, and sent back to Saudi Arabia.blasphemy | Hamza Kashgari | Islam | Malaysia | religion | Saudi Arabia | social networking | Twitter
Shakespeare and his role in protest and dissent is the theme of next issue’s Index on Censorship magazine Staging Shakespearean Dissent; Plays That Protest, Provoke and Slip by the Censors. With articles from Simon Callow, Tom Holland, interviews with Janet Suzman and Bollywood’s Aparna Sen. Also Trumbo writer John McNamara on what Hollywood won’t screen.