Saturday, February 18, 2006

support Mohammed

via tim blair
Mohammed al-Asaadi, editor-in-chief of the Yemen Observer, currently in a basement cell awaiting trial:

Newsweek: Do you regret now the decision to run the cartoons, however censored, given the climate? There are plenty of religious fanatics in Yemen, even if they’re a minority.

al-Asaadi: We had a meeting to discuss this before we published them, so it wasn’t an accident. And we felt that these cartoons had already been shown on Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya and millions of Muslims had seen them. And I personally believe these cartoons should be published. If we make it unlawful to look at them, we give them an importance they don’t deserve, as if there’s something holy or special about them. We should be able to discuss them openly, which is what we did.


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