Tunisia's ruling Islamists file blasphemy bill
Tunisia's ruling Islamist party Ennahda on Wednesday filed a bill that would prohibit blasphemy, said Habib Khedher, who heads the committee in charge of drafting the constitution. "Today we went ahead with the filing of a bill that would criminalise blasphemy," said the lawyer, who is also an elected Ennahda MP in the National Constituent Assembly, Tunisia's interim parliament.
The bill envisages a prison sentence of up to two years, or four years for repeat offences, Khedher told a local radio station.
At its first congress to be held inside Tunisia in 24 years, the moderate Islamist party advocated the idea of outlawing offence to religion while also guaranteeing freedom of expression. (...)