Bangladesh ban cartoon insulting Islam, orders arrest of cartoonist

September 18, 2007 17:52

Bangladeshi authorities have ordered the arrest of a cartoonist after drawings that Muslims said insulted their religion were published in a national newspaper, the government said Tuesday. The Home Ministry statement said Arifur Rahman's sketches - titled "Name" - that came out Monday in a weekly supplement of the Prothom Alo - "hurt the religious sentiments of the people." The ministry, in a statement, added that it had ordered Rahman's arrest. Unconfirmed media reports said police detectives had picked up Arifur Rahman from his house in the capital, Dhaka. Police would not confirm the arrest, or say what charges he faced.

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