BBC Asian Network raised a few eyebrows after tweeting "What is the right punishment for blasphemy?
" While it's clear from watching the video all the way through that BBC's Shazia Awan is not taking a side, BBC Asia later apologized
Here's the full text:
Good morning. Today, I want to talk about blasphemy. What is the right punishment for blasphemy? I want to talk about this because Pakistan have asked for the help of Facebook to crack down on blasphemous content on the site. Facebook have even agreed to send a team out there to help. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said he supports this crackdown. On the party's official Twitter account, it's called blasphemy and unpardonable offence. Do you agree with this? Is this the right way to handle blasphemy? Or do you think that freedom of speech should trump all else.
They followed up after getting considerable negative response:
"Apologies for poorly worded question from #AsianNetwork yday. Q was in context of Pak asking FB to help we shd have made that clear we never intend to imply Blasphemy should be punished. Provocative question that got it wrong."
• BBC Asian Network apologises for tweet about blasphemy (BBC)
What happens these days when a photographer’s photo inadvertently shoulder-surfs your phone screen? If you’re a politician and the content vaguely resembles porn, internet sleuths are on the case. In one case this week, depending on your point of view, the results were a disappointment or a relief.
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in New York wrote to Donald Trump demanding he unblock a number of users, because when the President blocks a citizen of the United States it’s a violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment protecting freedom of speech.
I’m skeptical of the project to keep Trump “not normal” — not because he’s not abnormal, but because the human psyche is a relentless normalizer, able to make everything from extermination camps to death row to slavery “normal” and trying not to adapt to stimulus is a hard target to shoot for.
Learning a new language will give your resume an upgrade, sure, but it will also provide a huge cognitive boost for mental tasks outside of translation and conversation. Bilingual brains have been shown to be better at handling multiple concurrent tasks, and gaining fluency in a new tongue is an amazing way to improve memory, […]
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]