Senator Lambie misused image of murdered police woman

THE photographer of an image shared on social media by Senator Jacqui Lambie as part of an online campaign to "ban the burqa" has accused the Tasmanian Senator of desecrating the memory of an Afghan police woman who was murdered by the Taliban.

Lana Slezic told the ABC she is "deeply insulted" by the misappropriation of her image of Malalai Kakar, Kandahar's first female police officer and mother of six, in service of an anti-burqa agenda and says the photo has been "desecrated on Jacqui Lambie's Facebook page".

Malalai Kakar, depicted in the photograph wearing a burqa and brandishing a gun, was a lieutenant-colonel and head of the city's department for crimes against women when she was fatally shot outside her home by Taliban extremists in 2008.

Ms Slezic, a Toronto-based photographer, said the portrait was taken in Ms Kakar's office in the police department and originally featured in Ms Slezic's Forsaken exhibition.

The image celebrating Malalai Kakar has been altered to spread an anti-burqa message.
The image celebrating Malalai Kakar has been altered to spread an anti-burqa message. Lana Slezic

The image has since been co-opted and used without permission by far right anti-immigration group Britain First, who have overlaid the image with the words: "For security reasons it's now time to ban the burqa." The image was then posted to the Britain First Facebook page on August 31 and has since been shared more than 40,000 times, including by Senator Lambie on Thursday.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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