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Muhammad cartoon row continues

August 18, 2006

Wikipedia has an article about Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.

Nearing the one year anniversary of the publication in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten of twelve controversial editorial cartoons, depicting Muhammad, the incident continues to be the cause of international disagreements.

Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, Grand Mufti of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo and the foremost authority in Sunni Islam in an interview with the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende demands that Jyllands Posten be shut down, the chief editor, Carsten Juste, thrown in jail for three years, and that Flemming Rose editor of the section that published the cartoons be depicted as a pig, saying “the satirical drawings of the prophet Muhammed is one of the most serious crimes, ever committed.”

"It is though provoking that he believes it would be a misfortune for me to be depicted as a pig. It confirms that the imam has a shocking lack of knowledge about our civilisation, and it confirms the need for dialogue.", Flemming Rose responded, adding that it shows how blasphemy law in the Arab world is used to suppress those with views different from those in power.


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