Jordanian paper runs prophet cartoons

A Jordanian newspaper today took the step of publishing the Danish caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that have outraged Muslims, saying it was reprinting them to show readers “the extent of the Danish offence".

The Arabic weekly Shihan ran three of the 12 cartoons, including the one that depicts Muhammed as wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a burning fuse.

The headline said: “This is how the Danish newspaper portrayed Prophet Muhammad, may God’s blessing and peace be upon him.”

The drawings first appeared in a Danish paper, Jyllands-Posten, in September.

They were reprinted in a Norwegian magazine in January and in newspapers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain yesterday as editors rallied behind them in the name of free expression.

They have provoked boycotts of Danish goods, demonstrations and bomb threats.

Shihan’s editor-in-chief, Jihad al-Momani, told The Associated Press that he decided to run the cartoons to “display to the public the extent of the Danish offense and condemn it in the strongest terms".

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