Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Jihad Momani 

An interesting story coming out of the whole cartoons seen round the world situation, from a diarist at Kos's place.

Jihad Momani was the editor-in-chief of the Jordanian weekly newspaper Shihane. On Thursday, Jan. 26th, Mr. Momani published three of the Danish cartoons in Shihane, running them alongside an editorial penned by Mr. Momani which said "Muslims of the World, be reasonable."

" What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?" asked Mr. Momani.

Mr. Momani was arrested the following day, after which he was sacked by the paper and the publisher pulled all issues from newsstands. A few days later, another Jordanian, Hashem al-Khalidi, editor-in-chief of a weekly tabloid called Al-Mehwar which also reproduced a few of the cartoons, was likewise arrested.

Man...could we use a few more Jihad Momanis in this world. I only hope he comes through this unscathed and is set free. It's frightening that even Jordan, widely considered a moderate state, would react to his situation in this manner.


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