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Friday, March 17, 2006

Islam Online twisting news once again

Islam Online's correspondent in Copenhagen, Nidal Abu Aref, seems to be more Islamist than reporter. I mailed this letter to the paper with the motto: Credibility and Distinction .

But be not bewildered as the Danish Radio, yesterday quoting the site as a neutral voice, the sentence continues:

"Our goal is for this site to be worthy of your trust. To reach our goal, a committee of the major scholars throughout the Islamic world, headed by Dr. Yusuf Qardawi, was formed. Its role is to ensure that nothing on this site violates the fixed principles of Islamic law (Shar'ia)."

Click continue to read my mail, click headline to read Nidal Abu Aref's covering.


Reading through Nidal Abu Aref’s covering of the Danish Crown’s prosecutor’s decision, I cannot help wondering whether he primarily is a reporter - or a defender of the virtues of Islam. He uses the word “even” in a strange place, quote: “The Danish the attorney general even argued that "the religious writings of Islam cannot be said to contain a general and absolute prohibition against drawing the prophet Muhammad."”

As it is a fact that Islam does not contain a general and absolute prohibition, - why then the “even”?

Quote: “The drawings, considered blasphemous under Islam, have triggered massive and sometimes violent demonstrations across the Muslim world.”

That seems to be very mildly put: “sometimes violent”!

Furthermore he repeats the old distortion on JyllandsPosten turning down caricatures of Jesus; while this is correct, the paper has turned down a lot of bad caricatures and equally accepted a lot of caricatures on Jesus, God and other kinds of religious figures.

I once asked you to correct his misinformation on religious freedom in Denmark; though you answered positively, no such correction ever made it to your paper.

Actually, I was of the impression that Islam Online aimed a little higher.

Yours sincerely

Poul Højlund


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