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Two Editors Arrested For Mohammed Cartoons

The bleat goes on.

From the Australian:

Jordanians protest against the publication of cartoons in European newspapers depicting the Prophet Mohammad, in Amman 03 February. A Jordanian tabloid editor has been arrested after his newspaper published the controversial cartoons, while an investigation was launched into a second weekly newspaper that also printed the cartoons, a judicial source said.

Editors arrested over cartoons

February 5, 2006

TWO Jordanian tabloid editors have been arrested after their newspapers published controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Al-Mehwar editor-in-chief Hashem al-Khalidi was arrested shortly before midnight (0900 AEDT), a source close to Khalidi said.

Earlier in the day, Jihad Momani, editor-in-chief of the weekly gossip newspaper Shihane, was arrested on the order of prosecutors for having printed three of the cartoons.

The 12 cartoons were first published in September 2005 by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and have since reappeared in a number of European and two New Zealand publications.

Al-Mehwar reprinted them on January 26 to accompany an article on widespread condemnation of the sketches.

It claimed to be the "first Arab newspaper to have alerted the Arab world to these cartoons, discovered on the internet".

Jordan’s King Abdullah II said yesterday that insulting the Prophet Mohammed was "a crime that cannot be justified under the pretext of freedom of expression".

His words were seen by security forces as a signal to take action against the newspapers.

Remember, Jordan is one of the more "moderate" Arab states.

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