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Sweden's new Halal-TV courts controversy
by David Landes
A new programme launched on Monday by Sveriges Television (SVT) featuring three young Swedish Muslim women has sparked a heated debate about cultural norms and integration.
Controversy about Halal-TV erupted even before the first episode aired on Monday night when author and commentator Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, a Kurdish immigrant from Turkey who moved to Sweden at the age of six, pointed out that one of the show's hosts had previously said she thought that stoning a woman to death was an appropriate punishment for adultery.
While the now 23-year-old Cherin Awad has since distanced herself from the comments she made five years ago, that didn't stop Demirbag-Sten from questioning SVT's decision to have Awad lead a programme about Muslim women in Sweden.
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