A new generation of Italian Muslims want places for their community to meet and pray [EPA]

In this episode of People & Power a report on Thailand's strict 'lèse-majestè' rule and how it may be being abused. Plus, a look at the growing hostility between right-wing Italian politicians and members of the senior Catholic hierarchy and Italy's 1.5 million Muslims.

This episode of People & Power airs from Saturday, February 14, 2009.

Thai law

 

The Thai king is the world's longest serving head of state, and perhaps also the most deeply admired by his people.

Politicians also consider the monarchy central to Thailand's national security and say this is the reason for a strict law against insulting the king or other members of the royal family.

However, critics argue that this law has increasingly been used by politicians and others to attack their opponents.

Aloke Devichand investigates.

Italy's other religion

 

The arrival of more than 1.5 million Muslims in the last four decades has made Islam Italy's second religion.

However, the opposition of one right-wing party to the opening of mosques and Islamic cultural centres has stirred hostility among a new generation of Italian Muslims.


People & Power travels to northern Italy to investigate.

Source: Al Jazeera