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Muhammad Caricature Watch: Teguh Santosa On Trial for Publishing Muhammad Cartoons

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OhMyNews: Muhammad Cartoons Land Journalist in Court

In Jakarta, Indonesia, 31-year-old Teguh Santosa is on trial for publishing copies of Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on a newspaper Web site on Feb 2, 2006. The trial’s opening hearing began on Aug 30.

Teguh Santosa is the editor-in-chief of the online edition of the Rakyat Merdeka newspaper service. He may go to jail for five years if he is found guilty.

The 12 cartoons were first printed in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in Oct 2005 and then reappeared in several other European papers. Santosa republished three of them.

The Moslem community around the world were furious and the publication of the cartoons sparked serious protests. In Indonesia, the largest Moslem community in the world, several Moslem organizations held rallies and urged the government to break off the diplomatic relationship between Indonesia and Denmark.

Denmark temporarily closed its embassy in Indonesia last February for the safety of its employees.

Remember the protests around the Islamic world in February of this year?

Does this help refresh your memory…..

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Indonesian Muslim protesters burn a Danish flag during a demonstration in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006. Muslims rallied in several cities in the world’s most populous Muslim country Monday to show anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Western newspapers. Writings on the posters say ‘Put Danish Prime Minister on international tribunal.’

As Michelle says the Dhimmi press of our western world may have forgotten about the Muhammad cartoons but the radical Islamicists have not.

According to Moslem belief, drawing or representing the Prophet Muhammad in any kind of image is totally blasphemous.

“The defendant’s publication of caricatures or illustrations of the Prophet Muhammad is a disgrace toward Islam,” prosecutors said.

After the session Teguh said that he had never, even for one moment, intended to disgrace Islam.

Teguh Santosa decided to upload the cartoons to show his readers what had caused so many problems. At the time the subject was under intense public debate.

Later after uploading the cartoons; Teguh’s office was visited by a few radical Moslem organizations. They urged Rakyat Merdeka to remove the images and apologize. The newspaper did so, but this was not enough for them so they filed this case into the court.

At the court session, Teguh received support from the Alliance of Independence Journalists (AJI) and Kontras — an Indonesian non-government organization — which held a protest against the trial and urged judges not to use criminal law instead of press law.

Heru Hendratmoko, chairperson of AJI, said that applying criminal law for this case was a crime against the press. He explained that the press are fully aware that there is no absolute freedom even for them. He urged government officials and communities to use press law if any disputes arise between the press and other parties.

He added that holding a trial for a press matter using criminal law was violating press freedom, which is guaranteed by the Indonesian Constitution.

So, what to do?

As members of the press and journalists, we have an obligation to protest this case on freedom of the press issues.

Kind of ironic that Teguh Santosa faces a prison sentence for publishing some comedic cartoons while New York Times publisher Bill Keller has refused to publish them in the New York Times but yet publishes national security secrets and yet he faces NO jeopardy, isn’t it?

You betcha

Teguh Santosa should be freed. This is a blatant violation of the freedom of the press doctrine.

Geofrrey at Beyond Wallacia has the details of a protest:

Publishers, editors, journalists and readers are urged to protest this case. Messages of support to Teguh Santosa and the Alliance of Independent Journalists may be emailed to sekretariatnya_aji@yahoo.com.

Flap URGES all of my readers and fellow bloggers to send e-mails in support.

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Muhammad Caricature Watch: Tens of Thousands Protest Muhammad Caricatures in Pakistan and Turkey

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Supporters of Islamic coalition Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum hold an effigy of the Danish Prime Minister during a rally to condemn the publication of cartoons depicting Islamic Prophet Muhammad printed by some Western newspapers, Sunday, March 5, 2006 in Karachi, Pakistan. About 50,000 people, many chanting ‘Hang those who insulted the prophet,’ rallied in a southern Pakistani city to protest Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

ASSociated Press: Denmark Reopens Embassy in Indonesia

Tens of thousands of people massed in Pakistan and Turkey on Sunday to protest cartoons of Islam’s Prophet, Muhammad, that have fired anger throughout the Muslim world. Denmark reopened its embassy in Indonesia on Monday, more than three weeks after hard-line Muslims stormed the building and it closed amid widespread protests over the caricatures, which were first published in a Danish newspaper.

About 50,000 people, many chanting “Hang those who insulted the prophet,” rallied Sunday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. The protesters burned the Danish flag, hit an effigy of President Bush with a stick and chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Musharraf.” Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf welcomed Bush to Pakistan on Saturday.

Hundreds of policemen in riot gear lined the central Karachi road where the rally was held. There was no violence.

Women supporters of Islamic coalition Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum take part in a rally to condemn the publication of cartoons depicting Islamic Prophet Muhammad printed by some Western newspapers, Sunday, March 5, 2006 in Karachi, Pakistan. About 50,000 people, many chanting ‘Hang those who insulted the prophet,’ rallied in a southern Pakistani city to protest Prophet Muhammad cartoons. The headbands read: ‘God is great.’

Ahhhhh the Taliban and Al Qaeda apologists/supporters are up to turning out the crowds again. But, the Pakistani government has threatened a crack down so there is NO violence.

The Mullahs must stir up the masses to keep them in line. Can the Pakistanis and Turks not see that the Islamic Clerics are trying to “CONTROL” them?

Pakistan’s opposition leader and anti-U.S. cleric Maulana Fazlur Rahman addresses his supporters at a rally to condemn the publication of cartoons depicting Islamic Prophet Muhammad printed by some Western newspapers, Sunday, March 5, 2006 in Karachi, Pakistan.

In Pakistan, the protest was organized by a coalition of radical Islamic groups opposed to Musharraf and the United States. The alliance, Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum, has organized a series of demonstrations against the cartoons, which were reprinted in several other European countries.

Some cartoon protests in Pakistan have turned deadly and at least five people died in two Pakistani cities in rioting last month.

Radical Islamists in Pakistan oppose Musharraf for his cooperation with the United States in the war on terrorism.

“Both Musharraf and his master Bush are killers of Muslims,” said Maulana Fazlur Rahman, parliamentary opposition leader and a senior figure in the religious alliance.

So, the protests ARE political not religious. The protests over the Muhammad Caricatures are a SHAM.

DUH…….

Stay tuned…….

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Muhammad Caricature Watch: al-Zawahri – “Prophet Muhammad and Jesus Are Not Sacred Anymore.”

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Al-Qaida’s deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is seen in this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 file image made from videotape posted on Internet. In a video broadcast Saturday, March 4, 2006 on Al-Jazeera, al-Zawahri accused the West of insulting Islam’s prophet, charging that the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus ‘are not sacred anymore.’

ASSociated Press: In Tape, Al-Zawahri Blasts Cartoons

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri criticized the West for its insult to Islam’s prophet, complaining in a video broadcast Sunday on Al-Jazeera that the Prophet Mohammed and Jesus “are not sacred anymore.”

Referring to the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that have been printed in a number of European newspapers, al-Zawahri said: “They did it on purpose and they continue to do it without apologizing, even though no one dares to harm Jews or to challenge Jewish claims about the Holocaust nor even to insult homosexuals.”

Oh, so, now al-Zawahri, terrorist and mass murderer extraordinaire is a holy man worried about sacred portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus Christ?

And then he goes on to compaining about folks NOT insulting or challenging the Jews, the` Holocaust and homosexuals.

What a hypocritical MORON!

The Quotes:

“The insults against Prophet Muhammad are not the result of freedom of opinion but because what is sacred has changed in this culture,” he said. “The Prophet Mohammed, prayers be upon him, and Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, are not sacred anymore, while Semites and the Holocaust and homosexuality have become sacred.”

“In the eyes of the West, they have the right to occupy our land, rob our wealth and then insult us and our religion, and humiliate our Quran and our prophet, prayers be upon him,” al-Zawahri said. “After that they give us lessons in freedom, justice and human rights.”

Yeah RIGHT!

And the United States hijacks airliners to destroy the New York World Trade Towers, sponsor suicide bombers who kill innocents and establish terrorist camps to poison thousands?

NOPE……..

And al-Zawahri you DO NEED a lesson in freedom, justice and human rights because you practice or espouse NONE of these inalienable rights.

A worthless speech by human Al-Qaeda garbage……

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Muhammad Caricature Watch: North Carolina Terrorist Related to Publication of Muhammad Caricatures?

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Mohammed Reva Taheriazar

ABC News: New Details about UNC-CH Attack

The driver of an SUV that plowed into a group of pedestrians at UNC-Chapel Hill on Friday told police it was retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world, according to ABC News.

Was this related to the Muhammad Caricature FLAP at the UNC Chapel Hill student newspaper, The Daily Tarheel?

It happened around noon Friday in front of Lenoir Hall on the campus, in a common area known as the Pit. Paramedics took six people to UNC Hospitals. Five had been released by Friday evening and the sixth was not expected to be admitted.

Officials say none of the people were seriously injured. Three refused treatment at the scene.

Chapel Hill police say they arrested the suspect, Mohammed Reva Taheriazar, 23, of Chapel Hill, shortly after the incident. Several witnesses were able to give police the rented Jeep Cherokee’s license plate number.

Police said they would charge Taheriazar, a psychology major who graduated from UNC last semester, with several counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

This Islamic MORON should get the maximum penalty under the law.

LOCK him away for about 25 years.

Do they have chain gangs in North Carolina? It would be too good for this criminal.

Sources say Taheriazar told police he was seeking retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world, according to ABC News justice correspondent Pierre Thomas. Taheriazar apparently told police he tried to rent the biggest SUV he could find to use in the attack.

Michelle Malkin has A JIHADIST IN NORTH CAROLINA

Taheriazar is a native of Iran and a December 2005 UNC graduate, according to the Raleigh News and Observer.

Bob Owens is updating the story.

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I am reminded of Hesham Hadayet.

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