Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, October 1, 2012
Less than 24 hours after the French TV channel TF1 aired an interview with the French former rap star Diam’s, where she speaks movingly about her conversion to Islam and about the meaning Islam gave to her life, the French channel decided to remove that video from youTube.
As soon as the interview was aired on the TV program 7-8 on Sunday, the video of the interview was posted on youTube and went viral. In couple of hours, the interview was among the most shared ones on Facebook and twitter.
Muslims around the world discovered how Diam’s, who was at the peak of her career, decided all of a sudden to drop her glamorous life and take a step that would change completely her life.
In the midst of the propaganda machine in western countries, where Islam is depicted as a religion of extremism, terrorism, violation of human rights, of the rights of women, etc., this video came to shed light on the true message of Islam, spread by a former start, who reached happiness after embracing this religion.
“That is not what I discovered. I discovered a religion of wisdom of nonviolence, of peace, of sharing, of kindness. It is the religion of Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Salomon and of all the prophets. Why do people make it look like that? Under no circumstances can we find it normal that innocent people are killed in terrorist attacks”, Diam’s said during the interview.
Many wonder if TF1 would have taken the same step had the same video been of someone defaming Islam.
“TF1 is afraid to let people watch this video because it reflects the reality of Islam,” said Siham Naym, a Moroccan young female from Rabat.
A simple search for TF1 on youTube yields more than 32,000 videos, which the TV station never bothered to ask YouTube to take down, on the pretext that they infringe on its copyrights. By striking contrast, it immediately moved to ensure that Diam’s’ video is taken down on the grounds that that video “infringes on its copyrights.”
The TV show in which Diam’s revealed her conversion to Islam, was watched by a record number of 5,7 million people, which, according to the French version of the Huffingtonpost, was the channel’s highest rating in six months.
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