About 2,500 people marched through downtown Oslo in a protest against a Norwegian newspaper that printed a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
On Feb. 3, Dagbladet newspaper published a photograph showing a man in front of a computer screen with a depiction of Muhammad as a pig. The picture accompanied an article that said users were posting offensive material about Muslims and Jews on the Facebook page of Norway’s security police.
The demonstrators chanted “God is great” in Arabic and waved placards calling for a boycott of the Dagbladet daily.
Dagbladet’s acting editor-in-chief, Lars Helle, told The Associated Press that he doesn’t regret printing the offending image and that he welcomed Friday’s protest. (Good for him!)
“It was a test for Norwegian society – whether this would be a peaceful protest or not,” Helle said.
He said Dagbladet has not received any direct threats since it published the caricature. A hacker attack originating from Turkey brought down the newspaper’s Web site for two hours Wednesday evening, but Helle said it’s unclear whether that attack was connected to the caricature.
Protesters said they wanted to show Norwegian media how hurtful such images are to Muslims. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry. (Who cares?) WASHINGTON POST via SHEIK YERMANI