Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Taslima Nasreen Forced to Flee India

The BBC reports that Taslima Nasreen, the Bangladeshi novelist and frequent target of Islamist rage, has now left India:

"She has landed safely somewhere in Europe," a spokeswoman for the writers' group, Pen, told the BBC, adding that her exact location could not be given.

Ms Nasreen said earlier this week that her health had suffered as a result of spending time in hiding.



Ms. Nasreen had been living under virtual house arrest in the Indian city of Delhi since last November, when Islamist riots forced her to flee her home in Calcutta. She left her native Bangladesh in 1994, after Islamists demanded she be put to death for her novel Lajja (Shame) and that country's government brought charges against her. Since then, she has been regularly subjected to threats and intimidation. You can read more at her web site.

By forcing Taslima Nasreen to flee India, Islamists have gained yet another victory in their war against intellectual freedom. Hopefully, she will finally be able to find safe haven in Europe. However, as the examples of Theo Van Gogh, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Kurt Westergaard show, Ms. Nasreen's safety there is far from assured.

5 Comments:

Blogger SafeLibraries.org said...

You said, "By forcing Taslima Nasreen to flee India, Islamists have gained yet another victory in their war against intellectual freedom."

How do you think the ALA will respond, if at all?

10:04 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

To answer your question, probably not at all.

11:38 PM  
Blogger SafeLibraries.org said...

Dave, if that is the case, how does the ALA define "intellectual freedom"?

11:43 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

"Dave, if that is the case, how does the ALA define "intellectual freedom"?"

http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/ifissues/

12:14 AM  
Blogger SafeLibraries.org said...

Okay, I read it. Then why is the ALA silent on the censorship you raised but very vocal about claimed "censorship" when adults try to apply Board of Education v. Pico and other legal means to legally keep children from sexually inappropriate material?

12:28 AM  

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