Sunday, February 05, 2006

SA media forbidden from publishing caricature of Prophet Mohammed

The Johannesburg High Court has granted an urgent interdict forbidding the Sunday Times and any other media organisations in South Africa from publishing a controversial cartoon portraying the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist bomber. The Mail & Guardian Friday published the caricature, which originated in Denmark. It has sparked outrage and protests among Muslims worldwide. Islamic tradition bars any depiction of Mohammed. Lawyer Zahir Omar, representing several South African Muslim organisations applied for the urgent interdict, which was granted on Saturday morning. Omar told Eyewitness News the court ruled that the cartoon constitutes hate speech.

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