And guess what you’reÂ not going to write about. “Saudi Arabia Now Forcing News Bloggers to Obtain Licenses, Promote Islam,” by Neal Ungerleider forÂ Fast Company, January 12:
The Middle Eastern kingdom has just enacted one of the world’s most stringent sets of blogging regulations: Non-citizens can’t write about news, chat room users are encouraged to register with the government, andÂ everyone needs to be very careful about religion.
That’ll fix everything. The blasphemy laws aren’t the problem, you see; it’s people talking about them when our modern, moderate Friend and Ally has decided there’s nothing to discuss. “Malik for blocking un-Islamic content on websites,” fromÂ The News, January 13:
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik today directed the authorities to block websites andÂ SMSÂ “propagating an anti-Islam agenda” within 24 hours. An update onÂ this story. “Pak to block websites,Â SMS’ propagating anti-Islam agenda’,” fromÂ Indian Express, January 13/JW>>>
It is, as always, all someone else’s fault. “OIC Slams Islamaphobia In West,” fromÂ Bernama, January 12:
ISLAMABAD, Jan 12 (Bernama) — The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has termed the institutionalisation of Islamophobia in the western countries as a major challenge, as it was becoming the political agenda in some countries, reports Iranian national news agency, IRNA, Wednesday.The OIC Secretary General, Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in his meeting with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, called for political support of all the member states to OIC for reversing their negative trend.