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Free Speech Hypocrisy: France to Ban Website Documenting Police Violence Against Muslims

France has a record of double standards when it comes to freedom of speech and religious expression, especially when it comes to Muslims and Islam. In November of 2012 French authorities banned an advertisement by the anti-Islamophobia group CCiF that called for religious tolerance, and portrayed a message of inclusivity.

The banned Nous sommes la nation, “We too are the nation!”

Nous sommes la nation

France’s interior minister, Manuel Valls, who was recently featured on Loonwatch for double standards regarding contradictory statements he made on religious clothing and symbols (he supported and wore the kippa with pride, whereas he disparaged and mocked the hijab) is now threatening to ban a popular website, STOP A L’IMPUNITE that documents police violence and brutality that targets Arabs and Africans, many of whom are Muslims.

France to ban website documenting police violence against Muslims

Alleging defamation, France’s interior minister Manuel Valls is trying to shut down a website which gives a voice to the victims of police harassment. The site has become especially popular with France’s Muslim population, who often claim that police target, harass and even kill them with impunity.

Statistics prove that non-whites justifiably feel under attack: Researchers say that Arabs and black Muslims compose up to 70 percent of France’s prisoners.

For years groups such as Amnesty International and the UN Human Rights Committee have testified to racist practices among the French police, but many say nothing has changed. Allegations of abuse are routinely dismissed as the French police are supported by their unions, far-right political groups and now the Socialist administration.

Amal Bentounsi started the website last year, after her brother was reportedly shot in the back by a policeman. The case is ongoing, but she says her site provides a voice for the many victims whose experiences are never heard in a courtroom.

While agreeing that government action is needed, Bentounsi believes it’s the French media which needs the most urgent reform. She says they need to acknowledge their role in legitimizing the Islamophobia which has especially stigmatized young Muslim males.

Many Muslims say that French society has two sets of rules: One for the police, and another for regular citizens; one form of justice for whites, and another for Muslims and immigrants. For those who are 2nd and even 3rd generation French citizens, such inequalities are especially dispiriting.

Press TV, 6 March 2013

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  • Talking_fish_head

    i would rather eat rat poison than go to Atlasdruggs

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tighe-McCandless/100000513101987 Tighe McCandless

    Ah, but you see, I can avoid going to Atlas Shrugs because (like a wise man once said) it’s a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Since I was interested in reading this article, I had the misfortune of reading of xhawk2’s comments. ;)

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Nice one ;-)
    Sir David

  • Talking_fish_head

    There is an entire website like that, its called Atlasshruggs

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  • Géji

    - this is a very interesting story (pity Press TV had to be main source though)

    And the Beef is?

  • Talking_fish_head

    obvious troll is obvious

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Yes, it’s important whether it is fact based or not just mere allegations.

  • SarahAB

    Thanks Garibaldi – I agree that the source of a news story isn’t (in itself) a reason to discount it.

  • http://www.loonwatch.com/ Ilisha

    If people want to say muslims can suck a fat one so be it

    We agree. It seems you missed the point.

  • Talking_fish_head

    The French police are just upset because they left their Brown Shirts at home

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tighe-McCandless/100000513101987 Tighe McCandless

    I’ve always wondered what a talking bumper sticker saying nothing but conservative slogans might be like. Now I know.

    Troll harder, bro.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Kippa vs. headscarf (hijab) video. That’s the CCiF translation.

    I’m not a fan of Press TV but it does appear that there is an attempt to go after those documenting police abuses rather than take on the very well known issues regarding police brutality.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Ah, a bit drastic.

  • Ahmed

    So basically, this means France is becoming a police state?

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    The CRS , the french riot police are part of the Army .
    Sir DAvid

  • Tanveer Khan

    Isnt their spec op actually a police force?

  • mindy1

    If what they are saying is false, let them make it and just counter it with facts. If it is true, use it as a starting point for reform

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    I must admit the French Police dont inspire my confidence like the British Police did ( and I know they were not perfect either )
    They seems far too paramilitary to me .

  • Tanveer Khan

    Muslims have been killed by the police?! No way.

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