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While Indonesia is not under Shari’a law, it is a Muslim majority country, and even the media here does not have “freedom”, as the editor of a Christian magazine has been fired, and will be criminally charged, for publishing some of the Muhammad cartoons.

Sacked Indonesian magazine editor under probe

Straits Times
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Jakarta – The editor of an Indonesian magazine that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad has been fired and is now the subject of a police investigation, the magazine said yesterday.

Hardline Muslim protesters repeatedly rallied outside the offices of Gloria, a Christian magazine based in the east Java capital of Surabaya , since it ran three of the 12 cartoons last week.

Gloria chief editor David da Silva was fired late last week for publishing the cartoons, said Mr Tommy, a spokesman for the magazine’s management. Police have also questioned Mr da Silva, he said.

“We withdrew some 8,000 copies of the edition once we knew about its contents,” said Mr Tommy.

“However, some copies have been read by people, who then reacted to it.”

It was not clear why the magazine published the cartoons.

Police have said they are planning to file criminal charges against the chief editors of another magazine that ran the drawings to accompany an article on the uproar generated by them.

Meanwhile, Malaysia ‘s Internal Security Ministry will decide whether action will be taken against Guangming Daily for allegedly publishing a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi said on Sunday.

The paper’s editorial management was told to meet ministry officials yesterday.

Apparently, on Feb 3, Guangming’s evening edition for the northern region carried a photograph showing a person reading a newspaper that had the cartoon.

A few hundred copies were sold.