Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kenya's The Star apologises over Charlie Hebdo cover

 A sign at a newsstand says the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine has sold out on 14 January 2015 in Paris

A Kenyan newspaper has apologised for publishing Charlie Hebdo's cover, depicting Prophet Muhammad following an outcry from its Muslim readers.

The Star said it "sincerely regretted" any offence caused by the "small reproduction" of the cover.
In Senegal, the government banned the distribution of the French satirical magazine.

Many Senegalese are Muslims who are likely to welcome the ban, correspondents say. 

The country has close links with France, the former colonial power and French newspapers are widely available.

The magazine is being distributed worldwide, with a cartoon which shows the Prophet weeping while holding a sign saying "I am Charlie", and below the headline "All is forgiven".

'Muslim sensibilities'
"It is forbidden to distribute and disseminate, by any means, today's editions of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and the French newspaper Liberation throughout the national territory," the Senegalese news agency APS reported, citing a statement from the interior ministry.


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