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Pakistani Foreign Office criticises Aftenposten. Paper’s decision to reprint Prophet Mohammed cartoons sparks reactions worldwide. Aftenposten’s decision to republish the controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons has allegedly landed the paper in trouble with Pakistani authorities.Unverifiable source Although Aftenposten writes it hasn’t managed to verify the press release’s authenticity, it appears as though it was issued by the Pakistani Foreign Office.

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Pakistani Foreign Office criticises Aftenposten

Published on Sunday, 10th January, 2010 at 18:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th January 2010 at 15:25.

Paper’s decision to reprint Prophet Mohammed cartoons sparks reactions worldwide.

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Aftenposten’s decision to republish the controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons has allegedly landed the paper in trouble with Pakistani authorities.

Unverifiable source

Although Aftenposten writes it hasn’t managed to verify the press release’s authenticity, it appears as though it was issued by the Pakistani Foreign Office.

Condemning the reprints as an “act of blasphemy”, the Foreign Office has also demanded that the Norwegian government take appropriate action.

However, the Norwegian Foreign Office’s Assistant Director, Raghnhild Imerslund, tells the paper that the issue wasn’t raised during Friday’s meeting between Pakistani foreign officials and Norway’s ambassador to the country.

“The Pakistani authorities haven’t formally contacted us regarding the matter. We are unaware of the press release,” she tells Aftenposten.

Praise

Hilde Haugsjerd, the paper’s editor-in-chief, defends her decision to publish a fax of the cartoons from the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten on Friday and Saturday, saying that the Pakistani authorities’ request has been noted.

She is also glad that the Norwegian government doesn’t involve itself in matters to do with media coverage, praising Norway for having a system that allows for independence of the press.

Reactions

The cartoons – which amongst other things link Mohammed to suicide bombings and terrorism by depicting the prophet wearing a turban-shaped bomb – caused outcry, when they were published by the Danish paper in 2005.

Aftenposten’s reprints have also ignited renewed public anger and been the subject of worldwide press coverage, amongst others by the Daily Telegraph, who quote Haugsjerd giving her reasons for publishing them:

“(It seemed) natural and justified to republish the artistic and journalistic body of work that is likely the cause of this violence".

Attempted murder

Kurt Westergaard, the author of the cartoons, was recently the target of a failed assassination attempt in his home, when a 27-year-old axe-wielding man broke in and went amok, crying for “revenge” and “blood”.

Police shot and wounded the assailant after the cartoonist alerted them himself, having fled into a panic room for safety.

The man is now in custody, charged with the attempted murder of both Westergaard and a policeman involved in his arrest.




Published on Sunday, 10th January, 2010 at 18:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th January 2010 at 15:25.

This post has the following tags: knut, westergaard, jyllands, posten, mohammed, cartoons, pakistan, pakistani, foreign, office, authorities, aftenposten, norway, denmark.





  
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