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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am
Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono—say his name out loud in the manner of a boxing announcer; it’s fun—detects double standards:
Western media apply double standards when reporting on Muslims and are often ignorant about sensitive issues for the religion, Indonesia’s president was quoted by the Antara state news agency as saying today …
He singled out the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in Danish and other Western media.
Or the non-publication of those cartoons. Barely anybody ran them. The ABC blocked their airing. In fact, they were published more widely in Muslim countries than in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
“The publication of the Prophet Mohammad’s caricature has come as a surprise to all of us. Even more surprisingly, a number of Western journalists said they did not know that it was forbidden,” Dr Yudhoyono said.
It isn’t forbidden to Western journalists. Though you wouldn’t guess.
UPDATE. In other Indon-cartoony developments, Tommy Thomdeanm is a chance to win Iran’s anti-Israel cartoon contest (for a work that “shows the statue of liberty holding a book on the Holocaust in its left hand and giving a Nazi-style salute with the other”). An Indonesian online editor meanwhile faces five years in jail for Motoon publication.
UPDATE II. Motoons lead to German commuter murder plot:
The publication of caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed was the trigger for a failed attempt to bomb passenger trains in Germany, police have concluded.
One of the main suspects, Youssef Mohammed el Hajdib, who was arrested in Germany on August 16, “interpreted (the cartoons) as an insult to Islam by the western world,’’ Joerg Ziercke, the director of Germany’s federal police, told Focus magazine in an interview to be published on Monday.
He and the other main suspect in the failed plot, Jihad Hamad, who was arrested in Lebanon on August 24, were also influenced by the killing of the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in June, the police chief said.