Malaysian editor quits for posting prophet cartoon

An editor of a small Malaysian newspaper has resigned for reprinting caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, which have unleashed a storm of protests across the Islamic world. In a joint statement seen by The Associated Press on Monday, the Sunday Tribune newspaper in remote Sarawak state apologized and expressed "profound regret over the unauthorized publication" of one of the drawings by an editor on duty. The Sunday Tribune, which carried the drawing on its page 12 on Saturday, is the only newspaper in the mainly Muslim country to have reprinted any of the caricatures, which first appeared on September 30 in The Jyllands-Posten daily, one of Denmark's largest newspapers. The caricature in Sunday Tribune had accompanied an article about the lack of impact of the controversy in Malaysia, and carried excerpts of a foreign news article. The Sunday Tribune statement said the newspaper publisher and the editorial committee feel that "the extract should not have been published at all."