Wednesday, March 3, 2021

5 held in France for death threats over teen’s video critical of Islam

Her case has revived debate in France on freedom of speech as well as protection for schoolchildren from online bullying.

Other News

Rights group slams call for private hospitals to offer Covid-19 jabs

Suaram says any commercialisation of the vaccines will lead to another form of queue-cutting that will benefit the rich.

TMJ eyeing Spanish football club Valencia?

The club was valued at €408 million in a report by global accountancy firm KPMG last year.

AirAsia perkenal ‘Asean Unlimited’ tawar khidmat penghantaran

AirAsia Group Bhd memanfaatkan perkembangan vaksinasi Covid-19 dengan memperkenalkan produk terbaharu - ‘Asean Unlimited’ yang menawarkan pas penerbangan antarabangsa dan domestik serta perkhidmatan penghantaran...

Use of tracking device among new provisions under emergency ordinance

The wristband will be made mandatory for those who test positive for Covid-19, persons under investigation and those under surveillance.

Pesakit, kontak rapat Covid-19 dipakaikan gelang berteknologi tinggi, kata menteri

Pesakit Covid-19 serta Individu Dalam Pengawasan (PUS) akan dipakaikan gelang berperanti.

Five people have been detained on suspicion of making death threats to a French 17-year-old who posted videos critical of Islam, prosecutors say.

Mila, who is only identified by one name for her protection, had to change schools last year after an Instagram video for her friends in which she criticised Islam was widely shared on social media, the BBC reports. In one remark, she described Islam as a “religion of hate”.

After this, she was getting about 30 hate messages a minute at one point, her lawyer said. It was then that France’s online hate crimes task force took over the case.

Mila’s story has revived debate in France on freedom of speech as well as protection for schoolchildren from online bullying.

In Paris last year, a schoolteacher was murdered close to his school days after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to a class discussing freedom of expression.

Le Figaro reported last month that since her initial comments, Mila had received more than 50,000 hate messages.

“She never made any racist comments, just used teenage words that were a bit vulgar,” her lawyer said. He added that Mila was now living in hiding as if she was “in a bunker”.

French online child protection group E-Enfance said Mila’s contact details had been revealed, and two hashtags sprang up, one in support of the teenager and another in opposition: #JeSuisMila (I am Mila) and #JeNeSuisPasMila.

She was then sent to a different school and her family was placed under police protection.

French President Emmanuel Macron came to her defence, insisting that under French law “we have the right to blaspheme”.

A number of people were prosecuted for threatening her last year, and a 23-year-old was given a jail term.

Equalities Minister Marlène Schiappa said it was no longer a controversy but the persecution of a minor.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin tweeted on Tuesday that five people were in custody for making death threats, and he added that “in total, 13 individuals have been arrested as part of this case since February 2020”.

Those detained are aged between 18 and 29 and from different areas of France.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates:

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

Head of French church child abuse probe says possibly 10,000 victims

The head of the commission set up by the Catholic Church says the previous estimate of 3,000 victims 'is certainly an underestimate'.

French ex-president Sarkozy convicted of corruption but likely to avoid jail

Sarkozy has long said the investigations against him are politically motivated.

Online shift makes body shaming easier than ever

A psychologist warns of the negative effects of such acts while a lawyer says legal action can be taken as it is considered a criminal offence.

Muslim women’s group welcomes ruling against Selangor’s Islamic criminal laws

SIS says the decision should not be seen as undermining the religion of Islam or the Malay rulers who are the heads of Islam in their respective states.

Row as French city mayor bans meat from children’s school dinners

Government ministers have declared that the move is an unacceptable insult to French cuisine.