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The decision by 17 Danish newspapers to reprint a controversial cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad that caused rioting worldwide in early 2006 was condemned by the Washington-based Institute on Religion and Public Policy. Demonstrators in Amman, Jordan, reportedly burned Danish flags outside the Copenhagen embassy February 25 in a protest against the cartoon reprints. On the previous day, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir threatened to expel Danish organizations and boycott Danish products. The Danish newspapers said their decision to republish the cartoon February 13 represented commitment to freedom of expression after law enforcement authorities uncovered a plot they said was aimed at killing the cartoonist who created the satiric drawing. “Publishing them twice is simply inflammatory,” said Joseph K. Grieboski, the institute’s president.

 

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