Kenyan newspaper apologises over cartoon

KenyaAkenyan newspaper has apologised for publishing Charlie Hebdo’s cover, depicting Prophet Muhammad following an outcry from its Muslim readers.

The Star said it “sincerely regretted” any offence caused by the “small reproduction” of the cover.

Meanwhile, a second Kenyan newspaper has published the satirical magazine’s cover with an article which said it embodied press freedom.

In Senegal, the government banned the French magazine’s distribution.

Many Senegalese are Muslims who are likely to welcome the ban, correspondents say.

The country has close links with France, the former colonial power and French newspapers are widely available.

The magazine is being distributed worldwide, with a cartoon which shows the Prophet weeping while holding a sign saying “I am Charlie”, and below the headline “All is forgiven”.

Twelve of its staff were killed last week by militant Islamist gunmen who said they were avenging a 2005 depiction of Prophet Muhammad

“It is forbidden to distribute and disseminate, by any means, today’s editions of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and the French newspaper Liberation throughout the national territory,” the Senegalese news agency APS reported, citing a statement from the interior ministry. —

BBC

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