In the wake of the recent Paris attack, France ordered a strict crackdown on ‘hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism,’ according to the Associated Press. Shortly after, French police arrested notorious comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala for being an “apologist for terrorism.” The comedian wrote on his Facebook page “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” purposefully combining the hashtag “Je suis Charlie”, used in tribute to the journalists killed at magazine Charlie Hebdo with the name of gunman Amédy Coulibaly the accused of perpetrator of holding hostages at a Paris supermarket. The post has been taken down since the launch of the investigation.
So then questions begin, ‘where is the line between free speech and hate speech? Why is a particular speech considered anti-Semitic whereas another is not considered Islamophobic? More importantly, does the world carry a double standard on the Muslim community?’ I argue so here for the Islamic Monthly: