Zineb El Rhazoui, Mohamed Sifaoui, Zohra Bitan: why criticism of Islam sells - Jeune Afrique

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In France, these personalities occupy the media by presenting themselves as whistleblowers against Islamism. How to explain their success on the sets?


- native informants. The formula has the gift of electrifying the debate. In 2013, Pascal Boniface, director of the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (Iris), exhumed it in an article published in the New Obs.

Borrowing it from post-colonial studies, the researcher then described Imam Chalgoumi as the perfect example of native informant ("Native intelligence agent"), these personalities from a community but who are basically too little anchored there to be credible spokespersons.

In 2017, Houria Bouteldja, spokesperson for the PIR, the Indigenous Party of the Republic, torpedoed Leïla Slimani, Franco-Moroccan novelist, with the same formula.

Reinforce the white dominant majority

In question, his work Sex and lies, Sex life in Morocco. The author pointed out the schizophrenia of her native country, torn between the control of the sexuality of women and the hypocrisy of the businesses which result from it. He is then accused of reinforcing the dominant white majority in a vision of the retrograde Arab world, sexist or even exotic.

Since then, the expression has been applied, regularly, to a panel of media experts such as Zohra Bitan, Jean Messiha, Zineb El Rhazoui, Mohamed Sifaoui or Nader Allouche.

Their fad? Islam and the questions that revolve around it: sailing, popular neighborhoods, secularism, immigration, etc.

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