Britain First ‘hijacks’ photo of brave Afghan policewoman for ban burka campaign
A controversial Facebook group founded by former members of the British National Party has been accused of ‘hijacking’ an image of Afghanistan’s first policewoman.
Britain First, which has 455,000 likes and reaches millions of people a week, used a photo of Malalai Kakar to illustrate why the burka should be banned. The image was accompanied by a caption which read: ‘Terror attack level: severe – an attack is highly likely. For security reasons, it’s now time to ban the burka.’
But despite the group’s attempts to paint Ms Kakar as a terrorist, she has been described as someone who ‘bravely’ battled Islamic extremism, and fought vociferously for women’s rights, before being assassinated by the Taliban in 2008.
She was shot dead, in front of her son, moments before she was due to head to work at a police station in Kandahar.
The policewoman told Lana Slezic, the photographer, that she only wore a burka to retain her anonymity, given the high-risk nature of her work. Ms Slezic said: ‘Everything she stood for, everything she fought for, for herself, her family, her daughters and the future of her country, everything has been desecrated by how Britain First have used this photograph.’Britain First has refused to take it down, even though its founder conceded that the real story behind the image was ‘very upsetting’.To make matters worse, the controversial status was then shared by an Australian senator, who claimed the photojournalist had ‘grossly overreacted’ over how her work was used.
Ms Slevic, from Canada, has spoken of her determination to get the picture taken down, amid fears that the policewoman’s memory is being ‘desecrated’.She told the Independent: ‘I was horrified because it’s a complete misrepresentation of the truth. It insults everything she stood for, it insults her and her family and suggests a story that is opposite of the truth. It is also an infringement of intellectual property.’
From The Metro . 21.09.14