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December 14, 2006

Danish Cartoons Update: Fatwa, Yemen

* Pakastani Maulana Muhammad Yousuf Qureshi of the Mohabbat Khan Mosque in Peshawar has drawn an underline under a previous fatwa issued against the cartoonist responsible for drawing caricatures of Muhammed in a Danish newspaper some 15 months ago. A million dollars is still there as the reward, but I'm thinking the fact that it's multiple cartoonists gives the issuers a legal out.

* Editors Akram Subra and Yahya Al-Obeed from the Yemeni weekly newspaper Al-Hurriyah have been sentenced to jail for four months for reprinting the Danish cartoons. The paper will also be closed for a month. This is the third paper punished, and the first to come with jail sentences since I believe Yemen's executive branch promised to pardon journalists sent to prison. So that could be interesting. None of the papers involved endorsed the images.
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