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Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Furey and two critics of extremism in Islam say they are 'shocked' to have received notices by the social media giant this past week over alleged violations of Islamabad's laws, despite having no apparent connection to the country

Jakarta's Christian governor decides not to appeal blasphemy conviction

May 22, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The change of heart happened last minute as Ahok s lawyers prepared to submit the appeal to the High Court

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, sits in the defendant's chair during his trial at the North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta on December 13, 2016.  Hardline Muslims rallied on December 13 under heavy police guard outside an Indonesian courthouse where Jakarta's Christian governor Purnama is standing trial in a high-profile blasphemy case that has gripped national attention. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Tatan SYUFLANA

Backlash after Ahok verdict: Calls to repeal blasphemy law revived

May 10, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Laws that criminalize blasphemy when applied in a discriminatory manner can have a serious inhibiting effect on freedom of expression and on freedom of religion or belief

FACING TRIAL. In this file photo, Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, sits in the defendant's chair during his trial at the North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta on December 13, 2016. Tatan Syulflana/AFP

Islamists end protest in Pakistani capital

Mar 31, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The stand off comes as Pakistan mourns more than 70 people killed in a Taliban suicide bombing targeting Christians celebrating Easter Sunday in Lahore

PAKISTAN PROTEST. Supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, a police guard who was executed last month for killing former Governor of Punjab province over a blasphemy law comment, end their 3-day long protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 30, 2016. Photo by T. Mughal/EPA

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Mar 28, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Amnesty calls on Indonesia to nix harsh blasphemy laws

Nov 21, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Amnesty said incarceration of individuals under the blasphemy laws had skyrocketed during former leader Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono s 10 years in power resulting in the jailing of more than 100 people

Indonesian Shiite cleric Tajul Muluk (center) is escorted by police after an Indonesian court sentenced Muluk to two years in prison for blasphemy in Sampang on the island of Madura on July 12, 2012. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Pakistani court asks news anchors to respond to blasphemy charges

May 19, 2014 - 10:33 PM

Pakistan uses blasphemy laws more than any other country in the world listing 14 people on death row and 19 others serving life sentences for insulting Islam