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India editor arrested, Malaysia paper apologizes over Muslim cartoons

[JURIST] Indian officials have arrested [BBC report] Alok Tomar, editor of the obscure Indian magazine Senior India, for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. Officials charged Tomar with hurting religious sentiments in India, although it is unknown whether the cartoon published by Tomar resembled the Muhammad caricatures [JURIST news archive] first published in a Danish newspaper that have ignited protest and violence across the Muslim world.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, the well-known New Straits Times apologized [text] publicly on Friday for publishing a comic strip that Muslim leaders say mocked Islam despite not depicting the Prophet Muhammad. After the paper published the strip on Monday, the government demanded reasons why the newspaper should not be punished, which the government accepted in a private meeting on Thursday. The government of Muslim-majority Malaysia earlier banned [JURIST report] the original caricatures of Muhammad and indefinitely suspended the licenses of two newspapers [Berama report] that had run the cartoons that originally appeared in a Danish newspaper in September. AP has more.

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