Indonesian editor suspected of blasphemy

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.

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