Thin Skin: SMS Political Jokes In Pakistan Can Get You 14 Years In Jail

from the can't-take-a-joke? dept

It would appear that the typical late-night TV comedian in the US would face serious jailtime in Pakistan, were he based there. MK alerts us that President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan is so annoyed by people passing around jokes about him via SMS that the gov't has started threatening to charge people for passing around such jokes, as "slandering the political leadership of the country" under a vaguely worded Cyber Crimes law, that could lead to 14 years in jail. It seems that should only lead to more jokes. How does one get to be a political leader with such a thin skin?


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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jul 21st, 2009 @ 3:14pm

    Explanation:

    "How does one get to be a political leader with such a thin skin?"

    Step 1: Marry a oft-investigated politician, Bhutto.

    Step 2: Get arrested and thrown in jail twice for what commonly considered to be purely political reasons.

    Step 3: Get politician wife blown the hell up. For extra assurance of thin skinnedness, make sure this explosion is shown in creepy cell phone camera phone to a bunch of white people across the globe half a million times, where they watch it like a snuff film.

    Step 4: Be diagnosed with memory impairment due to torture while imprisoned

    Step 5: Pledge friendship and your first official relationship with crazy ass China, reigning champs of the "no one can say anything bad about us because it reewy, reewy hurts our feelings" governmental league.

    Ta-daaa! Thin Skin!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 3:16pm

    Not thin skin

    It has nothing to do with thin skin. It's about power and control over other people. To some, that's the entire point of becoming a political leader.

     

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    TW Burger (profile), Jul 21st, 2009 @ 3:24pm

    entire point of becoming a political leader

    I thought entire point of becoming a political leader is the drugs and sex. Oh yeah, that's just Silvio Berlusconi.

     

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    Petréa Mitchell, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 4:09pm

    Not that shocking in context

    In many parts of the world, there are already laws on the books about insulting the state, its major figures, the state religion, etc. which result in serious jail time for words or actions that would seem like perfectly normal political discourse in the US. This just looks like an attempt to extend them to the latest technology.

    I'm not in any way defending this law, just saying that it deserves a more serious analysis than "Pakistan is made of doofuses."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 4:14pm

    How does one get to be a political leader with such a thin skin?

    By killing all your opposition.

     

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    TPBer, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 4:15pm

    Re: Explanation:

    You reewy klacky me up!

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 4:29pm

    Somebody should make a lot of jokes about this guy on American TV just to see his reaction.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 6:40pm

    Re:

    Somebody should find a list of widely read twitter hash tags in Pakistan and post lots of jokes to them.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Jul 21st, 2009 @ 6:49pm

    Re. posting to Pakistani twitters

    One thing AC, make sure you keep your bullet-proof longjohns on after you do that. If they can send teams of assassins to India to blow the heck out of Mumbai, they can send a couple to Podunk, Iowa to get you too... They may be thin skinned, but they also have plenty of firepower, including nukes!

     

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    NullOp, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 7:29pm

    A joke...

    When I was coming up the word was "Screw 'em if they can't take a joke!"

     

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    Matt Tate (profile), Jul 21st, 2009 @ 7:44pm

    Re: Explanation:

    Step 6: ???

    Step 7: Profit!

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

     

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    CrazyA, Jul 21st, 2009 @ 7:51pm

    Re: Re: Explanation:

    Classic!

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jul 21st, 2009 @ 8:02pm

    Re: Re: Explanation:

    "Step 6: ???

    Step 7: Profit!"

    .....Bravo

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 22nd, 2009 @ 1:56am

    Re: Explanation:

    Ummm.... No.

     

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    jlo, Jul 22nd, 2009 @ 6:29am

    "How does one get to be a political leader with such a thin skin?"

    Ask Sarah Palin. She apparently figured it out.

     

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    Your Mother, Jul 22nd, 2009 @ 7:02am

    Dedicate a website

    We can build a website dedicated to making fun of him, and only him, until, well even after, he's violently overthrown by all the followers of the very website...In a funny way that's what he thinks will happen.

     

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    its not applicable.

     

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