Saudi lawyers demand Motoon apology

A firm of Saudi lawyers, reportedly acting on behalf of the descendants of the Prophet Mohammed (the inventor if Islam (a theistic religion)), has demanded printed apologies from all the Danish newspapers which republished the “Turbomb” Motoon:

<b>The Turbomb</b>: The most famous of the 12 Motoons

The Turbomb: The most famous of the 12 Motoons

Faizal A.Z. Yamani of the Jeddah-based legal firm A.Z. Yamani sent a letter to about a dozen newspaper editors, insisting that they print apologies in Danish, English, Arabic and French, and to undertake never to print the cartoon again. He also ordered all the cartoons to be removed from the internet in perpetuity.

Yes, you read that right: he also ordered all the cartoons to be removed from the internet in perpetuity. Aren’t Saudi Arabian lawyers funny?

Unsurprisingly, the Danish Newspaper association doubts that the editors will comply, calling the demands “unacceptable.”

About 17 Danish newspapers reprinted the Turbomb after police foiled an alleged plot to murder the cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard.

(Hat tip, B&W)


7 Responses to “Saudi lawyers demand Motoon apology”

  1. Stonyground says:

    The best and most obvious response would be to publish them all again.

    • barriejohn says:

      And let’s just hope that they keep complaining, because each time they do the cartoons will be shown again!

  2. Demands? Pfft…if you’ve got a subpoena, then serve it!

    Demands don’t mean crap – even if they /do/ come from lawyers under the influence of theism.

    I really wish there were a campaign somewhere to just republish this thing everywhere, over and over, until they finally get the idea that you can’t censor the world – so stop trying.

  3. Angela_K says:

    The Danish newspapers et al should respond in the manner of “Private Eye” magazine in the Arkell v Pressdram case: http://www.nasw.org/users/nbauman/arkell.htm

  4. Ken Clark says:

    The audacity of these lawyers is just incredible and the thought that they expect the world to comply doesn’t say much for their intelligence…but then Islam is primitive and backward….like its followers!

  5. [...] Not for the first time, the lawyers are getting involved: “Faizal A.Z. Yamani of the Jeddah-based legal firm A.Z. Yamani sent a letter to about a dozen newspaper editors, insisting that they print apologies in Danish, English, Arabic and French, and to undertake never to print the cartoon again. He also ordered all the cartoons to be removed from the internet in perpetuity.” [MWW] [...]

  6. dmb says:

    I think a lot of you here have missed the point… I don’t think this issue has anything to do with Islam or the Muslim world, I think this is a very secular and western demand. Of course freedom of speech is the backbone of any true western democracy, but just how the western press has the freedom to say or print whatever i deems, relatives of Mohammed have the right to demand an apology or sue for defamation… This is a Western legal concept which, correct me if I am wrong, does not really exist in Saudi or the Muslim world..

    I personally don’t think the cartoons are a big deal, in fact they weren’t even funny… you want to see funny watch South Parks episode on the three religions. Plus I think everyone should just relaxe…