Jordan: Two sentenced for printing caricatures

May 30, 2006 20:19

A Jordanian court on Tuesday sentenced the editors of two weekly newspapers to two months jail for harming religious feelings by reprinting offensive caricatures of Islam's prophet Muhammad. The lawyer for Jihad al-Momani, chief editor of the weekly Shihan, and Hashim al-Khalidi, chief editor of al-Mihwar, said he would appeal the decision and that both men had been released on bail awaiting the hearing. Both journalists have pleaded not guilty. The 12 caricatures of Muhammad were initially published in September by a Danish newspaper and have sparked widespread outrage among Muslims.

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