- The Washington Times
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The editor-in-chief of Newsweek Pakistan has apologized amid backlash over a tweet Tuesday that said child sex abuse can sometimes “lead to great art.”

“The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that,” Fasih Ahmed wrote in a now-deleted tweet captured by Twitchy.

Mr. Ahmed argued that pedophilia has always and will always exist, and that movements like #MeToo do little to actually address the problem.

Mr. Ahmed was referring to the death of Zainab Amin, a 7-year-old Pakistani girl who was raped, strangled and dumped in garbage near her home, according to police in Kasur. A 24-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with her death. The police handling of Zainab’s murder sparked widespread, deadly protests in Punjab province earlier this month.

After facing backlash for his comments, Mr. Ahmed explained that he was sarcastically pointing out the hypocrisy of the armchair activists.

He eventually relented, admitting that his tweets were “poorly phrased” and “misread.”

Meanwhile, Newsweek distanced itself from Mr. Ahmed’s comments and said it was reviewing its licensing agreement with Newsweek Pakistan.

The Lahore Literature Festival, an international literary festival held annually in Lahore, announced Wednesday that Mr. Ahmed had recused himself from the Board of Governors.

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