Following the insulting and provocative American film, “Innocence of Muslims”, the French media added fuel to the fire of by publishing offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Left-wing alt-weekly Charlie Hebdo ran cartoons that depicted a naked, turbaned Prophet in profoundly racist and offensive ways. To make matters worse, French interior minister Manuel Valls announced that demonstrations against Islamophobia would be officially banned and that “any incitement to hatred must be fought with the greatest firmness”.
The discussion will focus on the current surge in anti-Muslim propaganda in the media in Europe and beyond.
Date and time: Wednesday 3rd October, 2012 – 6pm
Venue: London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1. (Nearest tube: Aldgate East/ Whitechapel)
Marwan Muhammad is a member of the Collective Against Islamophobia on France, which helps victims of Islamophobic crimes as well as monitors and collates information on Islamophobia and racism. Muhammad is a statistician by profession and author of ‘Foul Express’. He recently appeared on a CNN debate, following nude cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Supported by London Muslim Centre and The Cordoba Foundation
Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia is a network of groups and individuals who came together to campaign against Muslim racism in Britain.