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September 18, 2007

Bangladeshi Cartoonist Being Detained For Creation Of Blasphemous Caricature

Reporters San Frontieres has called on the Bangladesh government to release cartoonist Arifur Rahman, currently being detained by for a cartoon in a satirical weekly featuring a boy adding the name Muhammed to the name of a cat. An order for his arrest had been issued early yesterday. Nearly 3000 people protested the cartoon on the streets of Dhaka earlier today. Bangladesh is the world's third-most populous Muslim nation, and this story is being interpreted as both an example of worldwide intolerance against visual satire involving Muhammed and as one of a growing number of distressing incidents regarding the current Bangladeshi government.
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