RIYADH-The Jeddah-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation plans to sue the French magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing the offensive caricatures.
The Secretary General said that freedom of speech must not become a hate speech and must not offend others. Iyad Madani told a Saudi newspaper: “OIC is studying Europe and French laws and other available procedures to be able to take legal action against Charlie Hebdo.
“If French laws allow us to take legal procedures against Charlie Hebdo, OIC will not hesitate to prosecute the French magazine.” On his personal Twitter feed, Madani added: “These cartoons have hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world.
“Freedom of speech must not become a hate speech and must not offend others. No sane person, irrespective of doctrine, religion or faith, accepts his beliefs being ridiculed,” he said.
The OIC has member states across North Africa and the Middle East, among others, as well as permanent delegations to the UN and EU. Madani was nominated to be its secretary general by Saudi Arabia, and elected at the end of 2013.
Madani’s comments came as the Iranian newspaper Mardom-e-Emrooz – or Today’s People – was ordered to close after publishing a front page quoting George Clooney saying: “Je suis Charlie”.
According to The Independent, the OIC has 57 member states across North Africa and the Middle East, among others, as well as permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union. Madani was nominated to be its secretary general by Saudi Arabia, and elected at the end of 2013.
Madani’s comments come as seething anger fuelled by the publication of blasphemous cartoons by Charlie Hebdo sweep across the Muslim world. In Niger, police fired tear gas on an opposition protest held in defiance of a ban declared by the government in the aftermath of anti-Charlie Hebdo protests.
Protesters against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons have set churches on fire, attacked bars and police stations and killed 10 people across the capital Niamey.
In Gaza, vandals sprayed graffiti on the walls of the French Cultural Centre. “You will go to hell, French journalists,” read one of the slogans daubed on the walls of the cultural centre compound, which has been closed since it was damaged in a fire last October.
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