Spanish magazine publishes Mohammad cartoon

MADRID Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:46am EDT

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish political satire magazine El Jueves has published a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover, soon after violent protests rocked the Muslim world over a U.S. film and French caricatures deemed insulting to Islam.

El Jueves' latest edition, which hit Spanish newsstands on Wednesday, shows several Muslims in a police lineup under the title "But...does anyone know what Mohammad looks like?"

Any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous by Muslims but the issue has also caused a debate in the West about censorship and freedom of speech.

The magazine declined to comment to Reuters on Thursday on the motives for the publication.

But in comments to the Huffington Post, editor Mayte Quilez said it was a decision to take a humorous position on a contentious issue.

"If you can't depict Mohammad, how do you know it is him in the cartoons?" she asked.

Last week, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad soon after protests against a film made in the United States provoked a torrent of anti-American unrest in Egypt, Libya and other countries.

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in one of the first protests, on September 11, and 15 people were killed in protests in Pakistan last Friday.

The Spanish Embassy on Wednesday sent a message to its citizens in Egypt asking for caution in the event of any backlash from the El Jueves cartoon but has not said whether it will step up security in other Arab countries.

"We're still analysing what steps to take," a foreign ministry source said.

(Reporting By Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Comments (6)
breezinthru wrote:
Perhaps it would be best if the entire western world began regularly publishing satirical depictions of Mohammed in magazines, newspapers, on billboards, on line, in TV programming… in any imaginative way possible.

The people who so violently disapprove of those depictions expend vast amounts of emotional, psychological and physical energy in their reactions.

“Flooding” is a process that is quite successfully used to cure people of their phobias. It’s unpleasant to go through flooding, but the patient eventually tires of responding to the stimulus with such vigor and realizes that their fears were unfounded.

Coddling such ridiculous notions has obviously served only to prolong the behavior for generations upon generations.

Sep 27, 2012 8:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mutt3003 wrote:
breezinthru – You hit it perfectly. It wasn’t that long ago when there was trouble to be had by bad mouthing / caricaturing Christian idols. Now you’re not an “artist” unless you protray Jesus as a drag queen or covered in feces.

Sep 27, 2012 9:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjtom wrote:
The Muslims in their utter stupidity are gonna make many cartoonists rich.

Sep 27, 2012 9:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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