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February 2, 2006

Your Danish Cartoon Protest Update

Journalistic solidarity took a shot in the nuts as Jacques Lefranc was dismissed by the owner of France Soir for publishing the cartoons that led to an increasingly potent wave of protests across the Middle East and Europe. Newspapers in Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherland re-ran the cartoons as a show of support and as a statement of journalistic principle. That same article describes the Jordanian paper al-Shihan printing a few of the cartoons and its editor Jihad Momani asking Muslims to remain reasonable (this is no time to joke, but when the guy named Jihad...), and notes that a bomb threat Tuesday emptied the offices of the cartoons' original publisher, Jyllands-Posten. Ditto Wednesday evening. The BBC is also running a related photo array. Indonesia joins other nations speaking out against the publication of the cartoons. Afghanistan, too. Turkey also goes after publication supporters. Expatriates and Qatar scholars weigh in. Amid all the noise, a lot of pressure is being put on the Danish muslim community.

What a depressing mess.
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