Egyptian cartoonist under fire for mocking Islam

June 5, 2011 15:51

An Egyptian cartoonist has been the center of controversy after critics said a drawing of his was insulting Islam, charges the illustrator denies, Arabic news channel Al Arabiya reported.

The cartoon was published yesterday in the Egyptian newspaper Akhbar Al-Youm, and the cartoonist immediately received several indignant responses from the Egyptian street.

Egyptian revolutionary party Taht Al-Ta'asis issued a complaint to Egypt's attorney general accusing both the writer of the article and cartoonist Ahmed Ragab of mocking Islam. The cartoon features a bearded man and naked women talking while seemingly intoxicated.

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