Pakistani Newsweek editor slammed over abuse tweet

Pakistani Newsweek editor slammed over abuse tweet January 25, 2018

The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari triggered massive protests across Pakistan – a great deal of further outrage when Fasih Ahmed, above, the editor-in-chief  of Newsweek Pakistan tweeted on January 23 that the sexual abuse of children cannot be eliminated and at times can even pave way for ‘great art’. 
According to this report, he hurriedly deleted the tweet. But screenshots of his tweet flooded the Internet, especially Twitter.
However, he did not delete other tweets he had posted on the same day. On read:

Child sexual abuse has always happened, is happening, and will always continue. Two days of outrage on Twitter and participating in a 10-person vigil may make you feel so noble but that’s all just about you, not those who’ve been victimized.

Another deleted tweet said:

Rape by, say, Obama is rape. Rape by, say, Tom Cruise is everyone’s dream come true. All subjective.

Zainab Ansari
Ahmed has since backtracked, saying:

My tweets of yesterday were coming from anger, were poorly phrased, and misread. I’m sorry to have upset the people who have survived child abuse. I have been angry at the conspiracy of silence around this evil. #MeToo #StopChildAbuse.

This did nothing to appease the the management of Lahore Literature Festival (LLF) which has since severed relations with Ahmed.
On Facebook and Twitter, LLF wrote:

The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) has received several complaints pertaining to the tweets on January 23, 2018 from the personal twitter handle of Mr Fasih Ahmed. This account and its tweets do not in any way represent or reflect the ethos or values of the LLF.
In view of the same, Mr Ahmed has recused himself from the LLF and the Board has unanimously accepted his resignation.

And Newsweek announced it was reviewing its relationship with Newsweek Pakistan.

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  • L.Long

    If you can’t say something important in 140 characters, STAY OFF twitter!!!

  • sowa

    So Fasih Ahmed dreams about being raped by Tom Cruise and thinks that little girls being raped is some completely unavoidable occurence in life, natural consequence of being alive?
    What happens in the head of somebody who types this shit and thinks it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to post, not extremely repulsive fuckery? Somebody should examine Ahmed’s brain after his death.

  • L.Long

    Is Fasih Ahmed isLame? Yes? well that explains a lot, as his religion was founded by a child rapist! So of course doing kids without their permission (they are girls after all) should not be a surprise! Oh! and xtians can’t get all holey than thou either, I’ve read their book o’BS too. They like kiddy rape too!

  • 1859

    Let Mr. Fasih Ahmed be raped and then let him Tweet his heart out – despicable individual.

  • barriejohn

    It’s funny the things that people tweet without meaning to. I expect he meant to say “cofveve”!

  • Brummie

    Ansari is obviously against child abuse. What he says is factual, and in no way condones such practices. This is a freethinker website. Comments here so far are examples of Virtue Signaling and, in my view, condemn him without hearing what he says.

  • barriejohn

    Brummie: His statements are outrageous!

  • Broga

    “that the sexual abuse of children cannot be eliminated and at times can even pave way for ‘great art’.”
    Has he children? Would he condone this happening to them?

  • sowa

    So you’re into Tom Cruise as well? Okay then.

  • Broga

    “Virtue Signalling”. I have never heard of that. Is it a phrase like “people of faith?”

  • sowa

    As far as I know “virtue signalling”is a thing in some circles. From my understanding it’s doing something that makes you look good in the eyes of public without actually advancing the cause, understand your opposition or you just present your moral stance uncalled and it also happens to be the current trend (e. g. ending completely unrelated article with “screw fascists” or something because people don’t like fascists, amirite?). So you get positive PR and and good feels with minimal effort.
    Here we have a guy that propagates myths about rape (“handsome and rich can’t rape”, “rape just happens”) and tweets pointlessly about pointlessness of vigil for rape and murder victim only to backtrack immedietely throwing in some mandatory hashtags. So I don’t know how this applies to his critics.

  • Broga

    @sowa: Thanks for that helpful explanation. I will be able to spot it in future.