Indonesian Newspaper Website Publishes Cartoons

February 4th, 2006, in Cities & Regions, Media, News, Jakarta, Websites, Newspapers, by Patung

Indonesian newspaper Rakyat Merdeka’s website publishes the Muhammad cartoons.

The website version, not the print, of the Indonesian newspaper Rakyat Merdeka (Free/Independent People/Society), a pro-Western tabloid, showed the infamous Muhammad cartoons which sparked protests at the Danish Embassy in Jakarta.

The publication of the cartoons on the Rakyat Merdeka site came to the attention of the ever-vigilant Laskar Front Pembela Islam, or Islamic Defenders Front, who staged a protest in front of the newspaper’s office and extracted an apology (Indonesian) from the newspaper’s editor.

Islamic Defenders Front

The Jakarta police force are apparently also taking an interest in the matter and have declared they will investigate to ajudge whether the newspaper has violated the blasphemy law, recently employed in the case of Lia Eden.

In his apology the chief editor, Teguh Santosa, of the online newspaper said that it had published the cartoons only as part of its duty to inform the public on current events and had not wished to offend anyone.

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