Indonesian editor suspected of blasphemy

2014-12-12 16:06
A screen grab of a stack of newspapers, including the Jakarta Post. (YouTube)

A screen grab of a stack of newspapers, including the Jakarta Post. (YouTube)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jakarta - Indonesian police have named the editor-in-chief of a leading English-language newspaper a suspect in a blasphemy case after the paper published a cartoon that allegedly insults Islam.

The cartoon, published 3 July, showed a flag of the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group replaced with a skull and crossbones, but it left Islamic sacred phrases in Arabic inside the scull.

An Islamic group in Jakarta has filed a complaint against the paper, the Jakarta Post.

Jakarta police spokesperson Colonel Rikwanto said on Thursday that editor-in-chief Meidyatama Suryodiningrat was summoned for questioning next week as a suspect in the case.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation and its constitution guarantees freedom of speech. In recent years blasphemy cases have been filed against those seen as offending Islam.

Read more on:    indonesia  |  religion

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.