Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Prophet Mohammed & His Mysterious Holiday

"I asked my wife not to come, it would just be too upsetting for her. And she's told my [three] daughters that I'm just on a trip, that I'll be home soon. The oldest is only 5; it would be hard for them to understand why their father is in jail."

The journalist Mohammed al-Asaadi still languishes in a Yemeni prison cell, and his daughters would likely find it just as hard to understand what's happening in France: The magazine Charlie-Hebdo and its publication's director, Philippe Val, are charged with "publicly slandering a group of people because of their religion." If convicted, the charge carries a possible six-month prison sentence and a fine of up to $28,530.


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