The Minister of the Interior announces the closure of the mosque in Pantin, in the Paris region. Gérald Darmanin claims that he asked the prefect to close the mosque after its leader stated in a video that the beheaded teacher should be intimidated and provided the address of the school he teaches at.
If the judiciary agrees with the minister’s decision, the mosque could remain closed for six months. The imam of this mosque posted on Facebook a video denouncing the course regarding the cartoons presented by Samuel Paty.
The imam had children in a clandestine school closed in early October, also in the Paris region. Several illegal schools, places of worship, gyms or restaurants have been closed since 2018, in the Seine Saint Denis, near Paris, the prefect had announced earlier this year.
And since 2017, when Emmanuel Macron began his term, more than 350 radicalization sites have been closed and more than 400 Islamist foreigners have been blown up.
Several imams paid tribute to Professor Samuel Paty on Monday afternoon in front of the Bois d’Aulne school. A white march is scheduled for Tuesday evening, departing from the school to the center of Conflans. Meanwhile, detentions in the investigation into the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty continued, after he showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a course on freedom of expression. And the European executive will unveil by the end of the year a new piece of legislation called the Digital Services Act to regulate the work of internet giants, in matters of data management, misinformation and hate speech in particular.
Several imams gathered Monday in front of the school where Samuel Paty teaches history and geography. The President of the Conference of Imams in France, Hassen Chalghoumi, apologized to the professor’s family before mentioning that “this attack is not Islam, it is not religion but it is Islamism, the poison of Islam.”
Reform is needed within the Muslim community, the imam said. On the other hand, the Pharos platform is the one that identified 80 messages in support of Samuel Paty’s aggressor. This is an 18-year-old radical Chechen Islamist.
Social media is currently being criticized for agreeing to spread messages stigmatizing Samuel Paty after he presented caricatures of Mohamed in progress. Facebook, Twitter, Google, TikTok and Snapchat will discuss the issue with a government official.
By the end of the year, the European executive will unveil new legislation called the Digital Services Act to regulate the work of internet giants, in matters of data management, misinformation and hate speech in particular. Vera Jourova is the Czech commissioner in charge of “values and transparency” and says that “those who support messages to incite or justify killings, must be held accountable.”
Social media has been criticized for sending messages stigmatizing the teacher. But Vera Jourova warns that she opposes any legislation that could undermine freedom of expression, while the Commission tries to protect it.
The European Union now has a “code of conduct” against hate speech on the Internet. It is a voluntary operation launched in 2016 and has been signed by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Dailymotion, Jeuxvideo.com and TikTok.