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Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014

Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014
(Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development / Published under the Open Government Licence v1.0)

This Friday, I was happy to see that Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai won this year’s Peace Nobel Prize, together with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Judging from the media echo, pretty much everybody all over the world seemed to feel similarly – the exception being Pakistan (of all places, since it is Malala’s home country). I encountered quite a bit of nasty criticism of the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision, including the utterly despicable hashtag #IHateMala. You can find some examples in this article on India’s dna website: „Instead of Malala Yousafzai, give Nobel Peace Prize to Abdul Sattar Edhi, say Pakistanis“.

You may say: „Okay, but that’s an Indian website – India has an … ahem … special relationship with Pakistan!“. dna did nothing but quote Twitter posts (aka tweets) by Pakistanis – some of whom are not lone crazies but have quite a few followers.

I addressed some of them. With the exception of Mehki, the Tigress of IK:-) (see below), they weaseled away from answering my questions: Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Written by Peter Jebsen

13. Oktober 2014 at 13:31

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