I believe in a future in which Muslim spiritual leaders and Islamist activists no longer view their faith or their fellow Muslims in these terms -- and where those Westerners who believe in fairness, equality and justice for all open their hearts to all the peoples of the region, not just a privileged few.
In November 2013 delays and refusals in issuing visas for foreign correspondents in China were making headlines. In March 2014 the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China described the situation as "grim." A report on results of its most recent member survey found "Chinese authorities are continuing to abuse the press card and visa renewal process in a political manner."
It is time to call on rulers in the Middle East to end their hypocrisy in condemning extremists committing terror abroad in the name of fighting blasphemy while censoring citizens at home for the same reason. They must also defend the freedom of the press and expression denied to their own citizens.