The New York Times has come under fire after giving Sirajuddin Haqqani a weekly sex column in their print and online editions. The criticism follows the already considerable fallout over the paper giving space on its op-ed pages to the Deputy Leader of the Taliban.
“We’ve seen this happen time and time again,” said Farishteh Soumayi, an Afghan women’s rights activist. “They become ‘the more equivalents of the founding fathers’, then they become the demons reporting to the Devil himself and then they become ‘reformed moderates.’”
“Expect them to be seen as emancipators of women soon enough – whatever the US wants, according to their interests,” she said.
The column is to appear every Wednesday in the New York Times and is already in talks for syndication with smaller papers and a book deal with Harper Collins.
A movie deal is not far off and Sony Pictures are already said to be interested.