Oct 19, 2012 3:17 PM ET
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AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistani civil society activists carry placards with a photograph of the gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai during a protest rally against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 10, 2012.
For German Neo-Nazis and Pakistani Taliban it appears the old adage of “any press is good press” does not ring true.
In Pakistan, a Taliban commander has declared war on the media and made death threats against reporters, for the coverage of the Taliban’s attempt on the life of a 14-year-old school girl.
Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by militants in an order issued by feared Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah and remains in a British hospital in “grave” condition.
The shooting drew widespread criticism and public outrage in Pakistan and Afghanistan against the Taliban.
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Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Mali, has said the government has posted a $1 million bounty for the Taliban spokesperson who claimed responsibility for the attack.
But the Taliban say the outrage is because of biased media reporting.
“For days and days, coverage of the Malala case has shown clearly that the Pakistani and international media are biased,” a Pakistani Taliban commander in South Waziristan said. “The Taliban cannot tolerate biased media.”
MOHAMMAD REHMAN/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistani hospital workers carry injured Malala Yousafzai, 14, on a stretcher at a hospital following an attack by gunmen in Mingora on October 9, 2012.
A Taliban commander, known as Jihad Yar, said 99% of reporters are using the Yousafzai shooting to attack the Taliban and are tarnishing their reputation around the world.
A Taliban group has reportedly asked 12 suicide bombers to target journalists, including foreign media who have portrayed them as the “worst people on earth.”
Associated Press file In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, a police officers shows a confiscated Nazi flag at a press conference in Hanover, Germany after it was found with the Nazi group "Besseres Hannover" (Better Hanover). Twitter has for the first time blocked an account using a new tool that allows it to bar content in individual countries, shutting out a banned German neo-Nazi group at the behest of local authorities.
Meanwhile in Germany, a neo-Nazi group is crying hypocrisy after it became the first censored account in Twitter’s six-year history.
Twitter blocked the Neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover, which means “a better Hanover” — at the request of local police. The account is only blocked in Germany, however, as Twitter used its powers to withhold content to one specific country for the very first time.
“The account and all its content have been blocked for Germany, the content remains visible to Twitter users in other countries,” a spokesman for Twitter told Reuters.
Alex MacGillivray, Twitter’s General Counsel tweeted “Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly & transparently,” and linked to a copy of the police request for the ban.
Twitter announced its plans for a “Country Withheld Content” function earlier this year. It allows it to remove illegal content in one country but keep the messages up in other countries, which Twitter says serves freedom of expression.
The neo-Nazi group was not pleased with Twitter.
“Look at this regime: They gossip viciously about china and russia but noone about them!” the group tweeted on their account.
Clearly, there had to be something lost in translation there, like a point.
In: Regional News
Tags: Afghanistan, Occupation, by, US, NATO, Taliban, Pakistan, terrorist, Punjabi, ISI, Al, Qaeda, Iran, Intel, CIA, Musad, Indian, Raw
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