Egyptian Newspaper Owner Sued for Offending Muslims

The assaults on free speech continue in Egypt, where a newspaper owner is being sued by a very ironically named organization for publishing a cartoon that they consider insulting to the prophet Muhammad. The Daily News of Egypt reports:

The secretary-general of the National Centre for Defence of Freedoms has filed a lawsuit against Naguib Sawiris, the owner of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, and their cartoonist Doaa El-Adl. The lawsuit, filed on Sunday, is in response to a cartoon depicting Adam and Eve, which the Secretary-General of the centre, Salafist lawyer Khaled El-Masry said was insulting of the prophet.

The cartoon depicts Adam and Eve standing beneath an apple tree on a cloud. Before them stands an Egyptian man with angel wings and a halo, who declares the couple would have never been expelled from heaven had they voted in favour of the referendum.

Yes, the “National Centre for Defense of Freedoms” is suing to punish someone for publishing a cartoon. And another irony meter bites the dust.

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  • slc1

    Morsi replaces Mubarak. New boss, same as the old boss.

  • John Horstman

    Naw, dude, Morsi is WAY more of a theocrat.

  • Crudely Wrott

    It seems that both Morsi and the National Centre for Defence of Freedoms are raw, open wounds and delight in being so.

    Back in the day, when my father put on his veterinarian hat to doctor a horse or a cow with an open wound, he called the swollen and inflamed meat surrounding the wound “proud flesh”. In this case, that would be the Imams and the Muslim Brotherhood. Their pride, and tribalism, precede them as ever.

    I hear that tourism has dropped sharply in Egypt. Gee, why could that be?