Saturday, January 19, 2008

Belarus Publisher Jailed over 'Prophet' Cartoons

MSNBC reports that the publisher of a now-defunct, independent Belarus newspaper has been jailed three years for publishing the 2005 Danish 'Prophet" cartoons.

The 12 cartoons portraying the founder of Islam, including one showing the prophet with a bomb in his turban, outraged Muslims who saw them as blasphemous. More than 50 people died in protests across the world the following year.

...Editor Alexander Sdvizhkov was sentenced to three years in jail in a closed session of the court for incitement of religious and national hatred.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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