Month: July 2019

French Muslim group sues Facebook YouTube over footage of Christchurch massacre

first_imgWhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Youtube logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Youtube logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo One of the main groups representing Muslims in France said on Monday it was suing Facebook and YouTube, accusing them of inciting violence by allowing the streaming of footage of the Christchurch massacre on their platforms.The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) said the companies had disseminated material that encouraged terrorism and harmed the dignity of human beings. There was no immediate comment from either company.The shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, which killed 50 people, was livestreamed on Facebook for 17 minutes and then copied and shared on social media sites across the internet.Facebook said it raced to remove hundreds of thousands of copies.However, footage could still be found on Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube a few hours after the attack, as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp.Abdallah Zekri, president of the CFCM’s Islamophobia monitoring unit, said the organisation had launched a formal legal complaint against Facebook and YouTube in France.Both companies have faced widespread criticism over the footage.The chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security wrote a letter to top executives of four major technology companies last week urging them to do a better job of removing violent political content.A spokesman for the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) welcomed the French group’s action. He said his organisation had been planning to contact Facebook to register their complaint but had been busy dealing with the aftermath of the attacks.“They have failed big time, this was a person who was looking for an audience and … you were the platform he chose to advertise himself and his heinous crime,” said FIANZ spokesman Anwar Ghani, referring to Facebook.“We haven’t been in touch with the (French) group … but certainly something which can deter the social media space in terms of these types of crimes, we would be supportive of that,” he said.A man has been charged with one count of murder over the Christchurch shootings and will next appear in court on April 5. <a href=’” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Cardinal Ranjith backs Sri Lankas antidrug campaign

first_img SharePrint Sri Lankan police seizing a big drug haul last weekSri Lankan police seizing a big drug haul last week Last Sunday the Archbishop of Colombo organized a march and protest against drug crimes in which the country’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wikcremasinghe also took part and addressed the participants.It is “our duty to support the President in an effort to protect our children from the danger of drugs,” said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, at an anti-narcotics march and rally he promoted in the capital, Colombo, on Sunday.At the end of Sunday Mass, 3 parishes, including children studying the catechism, raised placards and banners and marched in silence and converged on Vystwyke Park in Kotahena for the rally.  More than 2,000 people, including dozens of Catholics and Buddhists as well as local clergy, joined the initiative titled, “Say no to drugs.”Drug problemRecently, the President launched a campaign against drug trafficking, reintroducing the death penalty.  “We are strengthening the laws and will go for strict punishments,” he said adding he would set a date for the resumption of execution.If we do not act immediately, the drug threat will enter our economic system,” warned Card. Ranjith at the rally.Prime Minister Wikcremasinghe went further. “We need help from neighbouring countries. We cannot do this alone,” he was quoted saying, by Asia NewsCard. Ranjith requested the “President to punish the culprits who are behind this drug mafia without fear.”  “Drug dealers target schoolchildren and the youth, so,” he said, “we should protect our future generations.”The island nation has become a major transit point for traffickers and it suffers from widespread domestic drug addiction.Sri Lankan authorities destroyed over 769 kilograms of narcotics on Monday and earlier in January, US$108 million worth of drugs from a single intercepted shipment was burned. A phone hotline has been established for members of the public to report drug dealers.Cannabis and heroin are the most widely used drugs in Sri Lanka and authorities have expressed concern that the island nation could also become a major transit point for international traffickers. Police have arrested more than 50 people on trafficking charges since the middle of last year. Statistics of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board show that arrests for drug crimes have soared in the past six years. The Church and the death penaltyWhile supporting the fight against drug abuse and drug-related crimes, the Catholic Church teaching, however, is against the death penalty.  In August last year, Pope Francis allowed a revision in the Catechism of the Catholic Church making capital punishment inadmissible. Earlier, the Catechism did not exclude recourse to the death penalty in “very rare, if not practically nonexistent” circumstances.Soon after the revision in the Catechism of the Catholic Church on capital punishment, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka issued a statement fully endorsing the Church’s stand while vowing to fight the menace of drug-related crimes.While capital punishment has not been implemented since 1976, there are about 1,300 prisoners on death row in Sri Lanka, including 48 for drug convictions.Religious leaders, including Catholic bishops, priests, nuns and laymen, have protested Sirisena’s move to end a 43-year old moratorium on the death penalty.  They have also condemned the increased use of illegal drugs among schoolchildren in Sri Lanka.WhatsApp <a href=’” alt=”last_img” /> read more