Morocco bans French magazine for insulting Islam

Yahoo November 02 2008

Rabat: The Moroccan government has banned an issue of the French magazine L'Express International, claiming it insults Islam in articles exploring the relationship between that religion and Christianity.

Information Minister Khalid Naciri said Sunday that he had no choice but to ban the current issue because of the offensive nature of the articles it contained. The minister said the kingdom's press code allows the government to shut down or ban any publication deemed to offend Islam or the king.

The cover of this week's L'Express is titled "The Jesus-Muhammad Shock" — also the title of a book by Christian Makarian, one of the magazine's chief editors.

The weekly said the series of articles was inspired by a meeting planned this week in Rome between Christian and Muslim scholars and is intended to "help the dialogue between Islam and Christianity."

Naciri did not specify exactly what was considered offensive, but told The Associated Press that "our country should not be used by anyone to spread articles that could be prejudicial to our religion or undermine public order," (...)