Posted by: becketfund | September 18, 2007

Bangladesh: Cartoonist Arrested for “Hurting Religious Sentiments”

The Associated Press reports that Arifur Rahman, a cartoonist whose works appear in a satirical supplement of the daily Prothom Alo, has been arrested on the order of Bangladesh’s home ministry, after his work was deemed to “hurt the religious sentiments” of Muslims. Though Bangladesh, a Muslim majority nation, lacks a well-defined blasphemy law, it does allow for the prosecution of those who have hurt religious or public sentiments. On September 19, Rahman was sentenced to at least thirty days in jail. The International Press Institute describes the offending cartoon, and the reaction of local imams and the editors of Prothom Alo alike.


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