Clerics, Democracy and Satire

'The Fatwa Show' is the creation of Ahmed Benchemis, visiting professor at Stanford University. Previously of Morocco, Mr. Benchemis was a journalist who had to leave after the authorities were unhappy with his reporting. Self-criticism is essential for a democracy and 'The Fatwa Show' uses humour as the medium. However, authority generally dimly views criticism. Mr. Benchemsi believes that democracy, secularism and fun are intrinsically linked and these provide the framework for the 'The Fatwa Show.'

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