by David Naranjo
Even though is a NBC’s article from last November, I will like to share it in the blog and think how can politics, economics and power can limit or encourage the freedom to write someone’s own life:
Pakistani private schools ban Malala Yousafzai autobiography
By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News
Pakistani private schools have been barred from buying a book written by Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old activist who was shot in the head by Taliban militants last year for defying the Islamist militant group and advocating for girls’ right to an education.
“Yes we have banned Malala’s book because it carries the content which is against our country’s ideology and Islamic values,” Kashif Mirza, chief of All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
And Mirza told the Associated Press that Malala, who has received significant global media attention, had betrayed Pakistan.
She “was a role model for children, but this book has made her controversial,” he said, according to the AP. “Through this book, she became a tool in the hands of the Western powers.”
He added that the book did not show sufficient respect for Islam because it used the Prophet Mohammed’s name without the abbreviation PBUH — “Peace Be Unto Him” — afterward, as is customary in many regions of the Muslim world.