Belarus editor on trial for Muhammad toons

Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 10:25 | Posted in censorship, Freedom of speech, Press freedom | Leave a comment
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Berlingske Tidende writes that Aleksander Sdvijkov, editor of Belarus weekly Zgoda is on trial in Minsk for attempting to print the famous  Muhammad cartoons originally published by Jyllands-Posten. He is charged for exhortation to racial hostility which could bring him imprisonment between three and ten years if found guilty. The toons were actually printed but the publisher withdrew the edition and the magazine with the cartoons was never distributed to news stands.

Preliminary investigation against  Sdvijkov was started by prosecutors in February 2006. The magazine was banned in March. Sdvijkov escaped to Russia but was arrested as he returned to Belarus for two months ago.

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