Egypt Seizes German Magazine over Islam Portrayal

April 1, 2008

Author: Cynthia Johnston

Source: National Post

Wire Service: Reuters

Egypt ordered the confiscation of a special edition of the German magazine Der Spiegel about Islam on Tuesday that the government says insults the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, Egypt's state news agency MENA said.

Information Minister Anas el-Feki said the decision "comes in the context of defending Islamic values and standing firmly against those who try to insult the prophet, the Islamic faith, and religions generally," MENA reported.

"We are for freedom of the press, but we cannot permit religions to be insulted," MENA quoted Feki as saying.