From The Khaleej Times:
AMMAN – A Jordanian court Tuesday sentenced to prison two newspaper editors for “attacking religious sentiment” by reprinting cartoons deemed offensive to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), their lawyer said.
Jihad Momani, former editor of the weekly Shihane tabloid, and Hisham Al Khalidi, editor-in-chief of the tabloid Al Mehwar, were each sentenced to two months in prison, attorney Mohammed Kteishat told AFP.
Momeni and Khalidi both pleaded not guilty.
Their arrests have been condemned by international press watchdogs, who say journalists should not be jailed for what they publish.
Early in February, King Abdullah II said insulting the prophet was “an unjustifiable crime … that could not be justified on the pretext of freedom of expression.”
Though he later recanted, it is worth recalling Momani’s comments that accompanied the cartoons:
“Muslims of the world, be reasonable… what brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?”