Posted by: becketfund | December 6, 2006

Yemen: Editor of Newspaper Convicted of Insulting Islam

The Yemen Observer reports that its Editor-in-Chief, Mohammed Alasaadi, was convicted Dec. 6 of insulting Islam for reprinting the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, first run by the Danish publication Jyllands-Posten in September 2005. Though the paper will remain open and Alasaadi will avoid jail, he was fined 500,000 rials, double the annual salary for a journalist in the Yemen. Initially ordered to remain behind bars until he could produce the sum, he was released from detention on bail until his case can be heard by an appeals court (http://www.yobserver.com/article-11347.php). Alasaadi insists that his publication condemned the cartoons, which were published in the Yemen Observer with a large X through each drawing.

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