Austrian politician on trial for posting an Islamophobic game online.

A computer game has gotten the chief of a right-wing Austrian party, the Styrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), into some serious legal trouble. Party leader Gerhard Kurzmann could face up to two years in prison for posting Moschee ba ba (Bye, Bye Mosque), which features questionable and offensive treatment of muezzins (those who lead the call to prayer at Friday mosque services): 

Players have to click on mosques and praying muezzins to make them disappear in the game which was taken offline after the Greens informed the police and state prosecutors. The FPÖ was initially tight-lipped over whether it produced “Moschee ba ba” before it emerged that a Swiss political strategist created the game for the right-wing party. The FPÖ argued muezzins were not shot in the game. The party said it intended to start a debate over a growing ‘Islamisation’ of Austria.

Lana Polansky