Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Media: Indonesian tabloid publishes cartoons - ordered to withdraw 3,000 from circulation

The Jakarta Post, reports that a weekly tabloid that on Monday published drawings depicting the Prophet Muhammad to accompany a special report, has been ordered to withdraw all 3,000 copies from circulation.

Abdul Wahab Abdi, chief editor of Peta, said: ""No maliciousness was intended. We decided to use the cartoons to accompany our special report on the impact of the controversy titled Menghina Umat Islam (Insulting Muslims)"

Police are investigating the publication's decision to reprint the cartoons and are preparing to lay charges under Article 157 of the Criminal Code on blasphemy.

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