Pakistani politicians of the ruling party are working overtime these days announcing death sentence through public hanging for some journalists of a media group who are guilty of exposing the (mis)deeds of the party seniors. These journalists were first labeled as enemy agents in the assembly session of one province and were subsequently convicted during the session of another assembly. It is not possible to comment on the quality of their speeches as the matter is sub judice in the Supreme Court but it will be quite in order to report the consequences of irresponsible utterances of another politicians in another land. The reference may not be relevant as Pakistani politicians can get away with anything.

The Huffington Post has reported that a British politician was arrested after allegedly posting a message on Twitter that called for a Muslim journalist to be stoned to death, the Associated Press is reporting. Birmingham City Councilor Gareth Compton took to his Twitter page to vent frustrations about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a liberal columnist for The Independent, who made a radio appearance Wednesday discussing human rights in China.

According to the BBC, Compton’s subsequent post in light of the broadcast read, “Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan’t tell Amnesty if you don’t. It would be a blessing, really.” The post was removed from the site, and Compton reportedly took to his account once again to apologize. “I made an ill-conceived attempt at humor in response to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on Radio 5,” he wrote. “I [apologize] for any offense caused, it was wholly unintentional.”

Speaking to the BBC, Alibhai-Brown called Compton’s actions “loathsome,” and noted his “flippant apology” would not be enough. “If I, as a Muslim woman, had said about him what he said about me then I would be arrested in these times of the war against terror,” she said. Though Compton has since been released on bail, spokesmen for the Conservative Party say the councilor’s membership has been suspended indefinitely pending further investigation.

The moral of the story is that these irresponsible utterances can cost you very dearly if the judiciary is independent and there is a rule of law.

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