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Why Is the Media Silent on Honor Killings?

Thousands of honor killings are committed each year in Western countries. And yet the press largely remains silent on the issue. In the Washington Times yesterday, Abigail Esman admonished the mainstream media for ignoring honor killings in the West, and claimed that political correctness has prevented many reporters and pundits from connecting these murders to religion:

In the meantime, as conservative journalist Jamie Glazov, recently noted, the liberal left — with all of its calls for equal rights for women, with all of its feminist supporters — maintains an almost conspiratorial silence. Instead of investigating, reporters and editors in the liberal media turn their heads. They insist these events are incidents of “domestic abuse,” not “honor killings” or that there is no difference between the two. Above all, they resist ascribing religious underpinnings to these deaths even as women who manage to escape them – and often, the men and women who commit them — assert quite clearly, the cause is “my religion.”

UN statistics report that 5,000 honor killings are committed each year, and these numbers are seen as an underestimate, according to Esman.

And there seems to be a correlation between “politically correct” European countries and a high rate of honor killings. Esman notes that “In the Netherlands alone, the official number of honor killings per year stands at 13, or more than one every month — and that does not include the growing trend of ‘honor suicides’ — girls and even boys who take their own lives knowing that if they don’t do it, others will, that they’ve been marked for death.” Esman says the number of honor killings in England and Germany is similar.

Hopefully, the trial of Faleh Almeleki — accused of murdering his daughter in an honor killing in Arizona — will prompt the media to give this important issue more coverage.


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