The editor and publisher of Newsweek Pakistan, Fasih Ahmed, seemed to defend child molestation in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
Claiming that such abuse “will always exist,” Ahmed said it also “sometimes leads to great art.” The tweet came after news that Pakistani police had made an arrest in the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Ansari.
After a barrage of comments, the editor decided to expand on his original tweet, in a comment that appears was intended to shame mourners of the young girl as virtue-signalers and enablers.
Child sexual abuse has always happened, is happening, and will always continue. Two days of outrage on Twitter and participating in a 10-person vigil may make you feel so noble but that’s all just about you, not those who’ve been victimized
You know uncles, servants, teachers, cousins, random shopkeepers hurt boys and girls. Did you report them? Did you have the balls to step out of your denial? This is the cause du jour. Default mode denial is just around the corner. Zainab is not a watershed moment
And just so everyone is clear…
Newsweek HQ tweeted on Tuesday evening that the company disavows the editor’s remarks and are reviewing its relationship with Newsweek Pakistan, which it says operates on a license agreement.
Recent tweets by Newsweek Pakistan editor @therealfasih do not represent the views of @Newsweek. We are reviewing our relationship with @NewsweekPak, which operates under a license agreement.
Pakistan is 95 to 97 per cent Muslim. According to the Associated Press, sexual abuse of young boys is rampant in Islamic schools in Pakistan, with the news agency reportedly finding hundreds of incidents of religious leaders having inappropriately touched children, reports The Daily Caller.
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