Index on Censorship has apologized for not censoring the words of one of its associate editors. In November, in response to Theo van Gogh's murder, Rohan Jayasekera wrote a piece that offended IoC's readership. He's now written a response to his critics. I thought Jayasekera's original piece was brave and truthful. I too saw TvG not as an entirely innocent victim, as a martyr to be iconized by secularists, but as a willful actor in a tragic drama. Being critical of Van Gogh doesn't mean supporting his murder.
I thought the film 'Submission' was worse than most people have acknowledged. The 10-min film was of a woman praying to Allah, sharing with Him her pain and confusion. So far so good, but then it deteriorated. This fictional woman has faced all sort of abuses from her men-folk. The cause of this suffering is a verse in the Qu'ran (nothing else - not the men, her, grinding poverty, tribal customs, et al). TvG illustrated the point by inscribing that verse on young women's lightly veiled bodies, and while I'm not against soft porn, it did jar in the context of a prayer to Allah. In addition, the film presented one woman's awful experiences as if it was what all Muslim women experience at the hands of Muslim men, which is a nonsense.
Anyway, Index on Censorship should maybe change its name to Organ of Censorship.