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Anne-Isabelle Tollet

Anne-Isabelle Tollet is a French journalist, novelist and screenwriter. As Senior Reporter for France 24, she was a permanent correspondent in Pakistan from 2008 to May 2011, and bureau chief for Afghanistan. Prior to that, Anne-Isabelle presented the TV news for "France 24" and "I tele" and appeared in several special national news programs. As special reporter in Kosovo for "I tele" she was preselected for International Emmy Awards "Best News Feature".

In May 2011, she left Pakistan just after reporting on the death of Bin Laden and on the eve of the publication in France of Blasphemy, a memoire of Asia Bibi who was sentenced to hang in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy.
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Blasphemy (4 Formats) ›
By Asia Bibi, By Anne-Isabelle Tollet
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Published Aug 2013

In June 2009 a Pakistani mother of five, Asia Bibi, was out picking fruit in the fields. At midday she went to the nearest well, picked up a cup, and took a drink of cool water, and then offered it to another woman. Suddenly, one of her fellow workers cried out that the water belonged to Muslim women and that Bibiâ€â€who is Christianâ€â€had contaminated it. “Blasphemy!†someone shouted, a crime punishable by death in Pakistan. In that instant, with one word, Bibi’s fate was sealed. First attacked by a mob, Bibi was then thrown into prison and sentenced to be hanged. Since that day, Asia Bibi has been held in appalling conditions, her family members have had to flee their village under threat from vengeful extremists, and the two brave public figures who came to Bibi’s defenseâ€â€the Muslim governor of the Punjab and Pakistan’s Christian Minister for Minoritiesâ€â€have been brutally murdered. In Blasphemy, Asia Bibi, who has become a symbol for everyone concerned with ending an unjust law that allows people to settle personal scores and that kills Christians and Muslims alike indiscriminately, bravely tells her shocking and inspiring story and makes a last cry for help from her prison cell. Proceeds from the sale of this book support Asia Bibi’s family, which has been forced into hiding.