Faizah Shaheen was detained after an airline gang member reported her for suspicious work on a flight to Turkey

Free-speech radicals have condemned the detention of a British Muslim woman after a cabin-crew member reported her for suspicious behaviour while read a work about Syrian culture on a flight to Turkey.

Faizah Shaheen, a psychotherapist in Leeds, was detained by police at Doncaster airport on 25 July, on her return from her honeymoon in Turkey. A Thomson Airways cabin-crew member had reported Shaheen on her outbound flight two weeks earlier, as she was reading the deed Syria Speaks: Artwork and Culture from the Frontline.

Police police questioned Shaheen for 15 instants under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, under which the police can detain beings without floors for hunch of involvement in criminal activities, including terrorism.

Shaheen, whose work in the NHS includes efforts to stop radicalisation among young mental health patients, told the Independent she intends to make formal complaints against the police: I was completely innocent I was made to feel like a perpetrator I couldnt is how read a volume could effect people to suppose me like this. I told the police that I didnt think it was right or acceptable. I do question if it would be different if it was someone who wasnt Muslim.

A collection of papers and writings by more than 50 creators on objection the culture of violence in the two countries, Syria Speaks was published by British imprint Saqi Books in 2014. It received positive reviews from the likes of musician Brian Eno and columnist AL Kennedy, who described it as a wise, heroic, imaginative and beautiful response to all that is ugly in human behaviour.

Jo Glanville, head of English PEN which supported the books book with a grant towards rendition added Thomson Airways should be highly flustered about this gross behave of misjudgment.

The current culture of feeling around bigotry now is necessary that even our reading material has already become dirts for thought of terrorist activity, she announced. The democracy to read any work , no matter the subject, is a fundamental cornerstone of our liberty. Glanville too announced Schedule 7 a prolonging question and said it was overdue for reform.

Zaher Omareen, the co-editor of Syria Speaks, denounced Shaheens detention as a disgraceful incident.

Judging individuals and even taking measures against them based on their hasten, their gazes, its own language, or the printed words they carry is unacceptable and unjustifiable, Omareen announced. It was enough to carry a work which includes the word Syria in its designation for its owner to be under suspicion as a potential terrorist. I would like to remind the peoples of the territories and the government that Syria must not be reduced to the politicised and power-constructed soundbites carrying naive words of violence and horror.

In a statement, a Thomson Airways spokesman mentioned: Our crew undergo general safety standards awareness course on a regular basis. As part of this they are encouraged to be vigilant and share any intelligence or topics with the relevant authorities. We appreciate that in such instances Ms Shaheen may have felt that overcaution had been practised. Nonetheless, like all airlines, our crew are trained to report any concerns they may have as a precaution.

Lynn Gaspard, the managing director of Saqi Books enunciated: If Faizah gets in contact, I would be happy to invite her to our bookshop in west London and offer her any of our titles.


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