Pakistan

NEW YORK- International magazine Newsweek has announced that it would be reviewing its relationship with Newsweek Pakistan after controversial tweets on child abuse emerged on the Twitter account of its editor Fasih Ahmed.

In a tweet, the reputed magazine clarified that Fasih’s views don’t represent the views of the magazine, and that they would be “reviewing” their relationship with Newsweek Pakistan, which operates under a license agreement.

The editor of Newsweek Pakistan came under fire after a series of controversial tweets about child molestation in general and Zainab Ansari’s case in particular.

In the first tweet of the series, the journalist said, “The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that.”

The editor went on to say in a subsequent tweet: “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.”

He also called out all these criticizing his views by asking, “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.”

In the last tweet of the series, he put to an end all speculations of his account being hacked.

The literary fraternity and people from all  walks of life have responded with anger towards Fasih’s tweets.

A number of them are also calling for a boycott of the Lahore Literary Festival, the next edition of which is expected in February, until they remove Fasih Ahmed as their board member.

After the outburst on social media, Fasih Ahmed has resigned from the LLF which was accepted by the board members unanimously.

American actress Alyssa Milano also spoke against Newsweek’s editor-in-chief’s tweets.

Other social media users weren’t happy either.