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MENAFN - Arab Times - 27/05/2012

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(MENAFN - Arab Times) FRANCE, the country of enlightenment, freedom and openness - unlike our country with its habits and traditions - witnessed a popular 'uprising' when one of the journalists published a bad joke on his Twitter account ... a joke which was considered immoral.

The hero of this joke was a French journalist Pierre Salviac working for the RTL Radio. Pierre has been fired from work because the tweet is considered insulting against all women working in the field of journalism.

The tweet says 'Faire L'amour' literally translated as 'How to make love and have a fulfilling sex life'. In fact, this tweet is an imitation of a slogan used by politicians 'Vote in a beneficial way' to encourage voters to cast their vote for the right person irrespective whether the candidate belongs to the Rightist or the Leftist bloc instead of distributing votes among marginal candidates.

The tweet was considered a direct insult particularly for Ms Valerie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of the French elect-president Franois Hollande.
Salviac's tweet indirectly meant to say making love and having a fulfilling sex life may give women a chance to become the First Lady of France.

Although Salviac apologized for publishing the tweet, it was too late. The tweet was considered an immoral expression and the radio issued an immediate decision to sack Salviac who specialized in covering rugby matches.

The tweet which slandered the president's girlfriend, who lives with him out of wedlock, provoked condemnation by women. They accused Salviac of sexual discrimination and male chauvinism. He was punished for publishing a vulgar phrase.

This happened in a free French society - a country where men and women live together out of wedlock in many cases. This is in addition to homosexuals living together and yet there has been no condemnation from the society because the French believe in respecting each other's privacy.

In Kuwait, we saw one lawmaker who prides in being a former investigation officer, call his colleague animal and then launch a scathing attack on him with a barrage of obscenities.

He called his colleague homosexual and accused him of practicing sodomy on the rooftops of buildings in Omariya. Surprisingly, the Speaker of the Parliament not only failed to stop the man but did not even shut the microphone.

He allowed the former investigating officer to continue his 'narration' - information which he had allegedly collected when he was in his former job. He did not stop at that but demanded that his MP colleague be examined for two reasons: one to see how much alcohol he consumes because according to him the latter attends the sessions under the influence of alcohol and two his private parts to ascertain if he is a homosexual or not.

The Feb 3, 2012 Parliament session was filled with long-bearded lawmakers who call themselves conservative or Islamists. They too unfortunately did not protest the immoral and vulgar behavior of their 'colleague'. To the contrary they allowed him to unleash filth.

The above story of a journalist happened in a liberal and secular France which provoked condemnation from the people. But what happened inside the Kuwaiti Parliament on that day in midst of Islamists who allege they are conservatives provoked no condemnation in spite of the fact the vulgar barrage was witnessed live by people of this nation.

We would have respected you if you had followed the example of the French people but you proved the opposite.



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