A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

Yemen lifts ban on newspapers that published Muhammad cartoons

[JURIST] Government officials in Yemen have said that three newspapers shut down after they republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] may resume operations. The three papers, including the English-language Yemen Observer [media website] were closed and their licenses suspended [Article 19 protest letter, PDF] earlier this year over their decision to reprint the cartoons originally published in Denmark. Three journalists were arrested and charged with offending Islam [JURIST report], and those journalists will still face trial. Prosecutors in the case initially called for the death penalty [JURIST report], but the latest reports indicate that the government will now seek one-year jail sentences or a 10,000 rial fine ($55).

The initial publication of the cartoons in Danish newspapers and their subsequent reprint in media around the globe in February set off worldwide protests among Muslims leading to multiple deaths [JURIST report], the burning of Danish embassy buildings [JURIST report], and efforts to make blasphemy an internationally-recognized criminal offense [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.


 Op-ed: Tolerance on Trial: Why We Reprinted the Danish Cartoons [Yemen Observer publisher]

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.