Mosques seek Twitter ban on Dutch populist Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders said the move to ban his Twitter account was madness. (Reuters)
Updated 06 November 2018

Mosques seek Twitter ban on Dutch populist Geert Wilders

  • Going to court is the last thing we want to do but if we have to, we’ll do it: TICF lawyer
  • Wilders reacted to the move on Twitter, calling the demand for a ban on his account “madness.”

THE HAGUE: A body representing 144 Turkish mosques in the Netherlands has asked Twitter to block the account of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred.
The Turkish Islamic Cultural Federation (TICF) sent the letter on Friday seeking “a permanent ban of the Twitter of Mr. Geert Wilders... due to continuous publications on his Twitter account of messages, images and other content which is a display of hateful conduct.”
It said Wilders’ tweets breached Twitter’s guidelines, adding: “His hate messages are being spread worldwide thanks to the platform and abilities Twitter provides him.”
“We reserve the right to take any legal actions and measures necessary if you will not take action as requested within 21 days after this,” it said.
TICF’s lawyer Ejder Kose told AFP on Monday they would take legal action if nothing was done.
“Going to court is the last thing we want to do but if we have to, we’ll do it,” Kose said.
Kose said many of Wilders’ tweets breached laws in several countries including Tunisia, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia.
The far-right leader of the PVV party in August canceled a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that had angered many Muslims around the world.
Wilders reacted to the move on Twitter, calling the demand for a ban on his account “madness.”


Pakistan reports 97 more coronavirus deaths

Updated 6 min 38 sec ago

Pakistan reports 97 more coronavirus deaths

  • Pakistan’s overall coronavirus fatalities have jumped to 1,935
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported 97 more coronavirus deaths on Saturday, the highest 24-hour increase to its fatalities, as authorities urged volunteers to motivate people to adhere to social distancing regulations to contain the spread of the virus.
According to Usman Dar, who heads the “Corona Relief Tiger Force,” about 1 million volunteers have signed up recently in response to the government’s call to help the country’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.
He told reporters that 165,348 volunteers are currently assisting authorities to contain the spread of the virus.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the volunteers will also be used to deliver food and medicine to needy and poor people if needed.
Pakistan also reported 4,734 new virus cases, raising its overall infections to 93,983.
With the latest 97 virus-related deaths, Pakistan’s overall fatalities have jumped to 1,935.