Friday, March 23, 2007

Vive La France Libre

(Photo - AFP)

The editor of a satirical French magazine accused of insulting Muslims by reprinting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad has been acquitted. A French court has ruled in favour of weekly Charlie Hebdo, rejecting accusations by Islamic groups who said it incited hatred against Muslims.

Applause broke out in the courtroom at the announcement of the verdict, which ruled that the three cartoons published in February 2006 were not insulting to the Muslim community, the AFP news agency reports. Editor Philippe Val had rejected the allegations, saying the cartoons were not an attack on Muslims, but on terrorists. He said the ruling was a victory for secular French Muslims.


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