Monday, February 06, 2006

Umat islam baik.Tak suka provoke fahaman agama lain.
Tapi, kalau mereka menghina Rasul kita, takkan kita berdiam diri.
Duhai blogger, tulislah untuk dunia, serlahkan kefahaman sebenar kepada pembaca.


Retrieved from

WEB EDITION :: Local News

Sarawak paper prints Prophet cartoon, editor quits
Maria J. Dass
PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak newspaper is in trouble for reproducing a controversial cartoon that insulted Islam, which has sparked condemnation and massive protests in the Muslim world.

The Sarawak Tribune's editor-on-duty Lester Melanyi has resigned after a caricature depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist appeared on Page 12 of the paper on Saturday.

The Tribune published a "notification" on its front page yesterday. It reads in part: "Although the text accompanying the caricature was not legible so as to give meaning to the caricature, the publisher and editorial committee feel that the said extract should not have been published at all."

It went on to explain that following an internal inquiry, the editor-on-duty was found to have been solely responsible.

The paper adds: "The editor-on-duty concerned has admitted and regretted his oversight and officially written an apology and at the same tine taken full responsibility for the same. The editor-on-duty has voluntarily resigned forthwith."

Lester's resignation followed an editorial committee meeting which convened Saturday night.

Meanwhile, group editor-in-chief Toman Mamora has been asked to explain the reasons behind its publication of the caricature.

Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar said the "chief editor" of the newspaper has been summoned to the internal security ministry office in Kuching.

"He will have to answer in writing why the caricature was let through," he said when contacted yesterday.

"Based on this explanation we will decide on the next course of action to be taken against the publication.

"Personally I feel that the paper should have been more careful and and mindful of religious sensitivities," said Noh.

Toman, meanwhile, declined to comment.

Established in 1945, Sarawak Tribune is the state's oldest newspaper. It is published by Sarawak Press Sdn Bhd.

Meantime, more protests over publication of the cartoons, which are blasphemous in Islam, have erupted in the Middle East.

Lebanese demonstrators set the Danish consulate on fire yesterday. Security forces fired tear gas at a crowd of more than 10,000 demonstrators against the cartoons, which were reprinted by several newspapers across Europe in the name of press freedom.

Iran recalled its ambassador to Denmark in protest and formed a committee to review trade ties with countries that have published the cartoons.

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