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6 September 2007

Sweden: welcome comments by prime minister on Mohammed cartoon

06.09 - Sweden: welcome comments by prime minister on Mohammed cartoon

Reporters Without Borders welcomes Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s initiative of gathering representatives of Muslim organisations on 4 September to remind them of the fundamental and inalienable nature of free expression in Swedish society. At the same time, he voiced deep regret for the offence caused to Sweden’s Muslims by the cartoon of Mohammed with the body of a dog that appeared in the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda on 18 August.

After protests from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Egyptian parliament adopted a resolution on 4 September describing the cartoon as a “hateful crime” and calling for the “punishment of those responsible.” In Örebro (200 km west of Stockholm), around 200 or 300 copies of Nerikes Allehanda awaiting distribution were found burned on 3 September in circumstances that are still unclear to the police. The Federation of Muslims of Sweden has said it is to sue the newspaper for “inciting racial hatred” but the Muslim community in Örebro decided to call off its protests after the meeting with the prime minister.

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