Sunday, December 30, 2012

In Egypt, Salafists Sue Wealthy Newspaper Owner Over Cartoon Seen As Insulting To Prophet

Daily News Egypt reported last week that a lawsuit was filed by the National Centre for Defence of Freedoms (NCDF) in an Egyptian court against Naguib Sawiris, the owner of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, and the newspaper's cartoonist Doaa El-Adl.  The suit, which has been referred to the chief prosecutor for investigation, revolves around a cartoon (reproduced on Cartoon Movement) depicting an Egyptian man with angel wings and a halo on a cloud with Adam and Eve telling them they would never have been expelled from heaven if they had voted in favor of the referendum. The suit claims the cartoon is insulting to the Prophet.  Apparently Salafist lawyer Khaled El-Masry, secretary-general of the NCDF, interpreted the cartoon as depicting the Prophet Muhammad. In the Air reports that defendant Naguib Sawiris is listed by Forbes as the second wealthiest man in Egypt. Earlier this year, Egyptian courts dismissed for lack of standing lawsuits by Salafist lawyers against Sawiris over another cartoon-- depicting Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie Mouse in a veil. (See prior posting.)