Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan and his wife, Aasiya Hassan, founded Bridges TV, a cable channel dedicated to breaking down stereotypes against Muslims. He is now charged with her beheading.
Carolyn Thompson of The Associated Press says it is unclear whether Aasiya Hassan's death was an honor killing, as women's rights groups have alleged, or if it was a nonreligious crime, as Islamic leaders insist.
"The irony of this case is that ... the Hassans were so vocal about wanting to dispel all those stereotypes," against Islam, Thompson says. "That was really the reason behind starting this Bridges TV to begin with."
Correction Feb. 24, 2009
In the interview, we said, "Well, it was the National Organization for Women, I believe, who first raised this idea of [the beheading] being an honor killing." It was Marcia Pappas, the president of the New York State chapter of NOW, who raised the issue.