Trinity lecturer warning over offensive cartoons

news1Trinity College lecturer Dr. Ali Selim has warned Irish media not to reprint “anti-Islam” cartoons.

He was speaking in the wake of today’s attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people.

The last tweet on the publication’s Twitter account was a cartoon of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader.

The former spokesperson for the Islamic Culture Centre in Dublin said he would seek legal advice if any Irish publication were to publish cartoons that are offensive to Muslims. 

“If the law of the state gives me the right to take you to court, I will do it straight away,” Selim said in an interview on Classic Hits 4FM

“I encourage freedom of expression that does not give room for confrontation, that does not turn one person against another,” he said. “I encourage people to live in harmony and peace, and respect each other.”

Catherine Healy

Editor of Trinity News. Interested in politics, history and all forms of media.