Does publicity help Asia Bibi?

I first reported on Asia Bibi’s case almost nine years ago. I am thinking about it again as she awaits the outcome of her final appeal – and wondering whether she might now be free if there had been no publicity.

In most cases, the more publicity, the more outrage, the more pressure the better. Cases get forgotten. Prisoners languish forever, out of sight.

But Pakistan has a problem with religious extremism. In a case like this – a Christian accused of blasphemy – emotions run high. Judges have been murdered for freeing defendants accused of blasphemy.

Maybe the more attention, the more difficult it becomes to quietly resolve this and let her go. The more she becomes a symbol of something, the bigger the forces at work. The more difficult for a sensible outcome.

 

 

 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s