A Muslim country has just sparked worldwide outrage by banning its media from using the terms “homosexuality” and “homosexual,” demanding that they replace them with a dark, derogatory term.
Media Crackdown Sparks Controversy
The Media and Communications Commission of Iraq has made a shocking move that has ignited a wave of criticism both locally and internationally.
Forbidden From Free Speech?
The directive demands that all media and social platforms in the country are forbidden from using the terms “homosexual” and “homosexuality”
A Controversial Replacement
They have demanded that these terms be replaced with the phrase “sexual deviancy.”
The decision claims to be in the interest of protecting societal values and maintaining public order.
The commission argues that the terms “homosexuality, homosexual, and gender” carry negative undertones within Iraqi society.
Fines Loom as Potential Consequence
While the new directive doesn’t outline specific penalties for noncompliance, a government representative hinted at potential fines.
A Step in the Wrong Direction?
Iraq’s laws might not explicitly criminalise homosexuality, but this shocking move has already led to frightening consequences.
Shocking Homophobia Encouraged
Discrimination, abuse, and even fatal attacks against the LGBTQ community have become a grim reality in Iraq.
Concerns for LGBTQ Safety
Amnesty International has raised a red flag, dubbing the directive a “dangerous move” that could encourage discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ community in Iraq.
Amnesty’s Call for Change
Amnesty International is urging Iraqi authorities to backtrack on this decision immediately, arguing that the right to freedom of expression should be available to everyone.
Shocking Degrees of Punishment
The punishment for homosexuality varies across Muslim nations, ranging from discrimination to the most extreme consequence: death.
A Frightening Reality
In some countries, like Saudi Arabia and Iran, homosexual acts are still punishable by execution.
Challenges Remain in Legal Places
In countries where homosexuality is allowed by law, LGBTQ individuals still encounter difficulties.
Jordan’s Troubling Scenario
For example, in Jordan, LGBTQ people struggle as venues are attacked and violence persists.
Harsh Reality of LGBTQ Rights
The backlash against this move shows the struggle that this community faces in this part of the world.
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