Website editor arrested, held in prison, for re-publishing Prophet cartoons
AJI is calling for an international appeal to respond to the detention of Teguh Santosa, chief editor of "Rakyat Merdeka Online" (RMOL), on 19 July 2006, at 6:00 p.m. (local time). He is being held at Cipinang Prison in Jakarta.
Teguh was questioned at the Jakarta Police Office a few weeks ago based on a report made by a group of people regarding a cartoon published in the 2 February edition of RMOL. At the police station, Teguh acknowledged he had re-published three of twelve cartoons taken from a Danish newspaper, "Jyllands Posten", which had published them in October 2005.
RMOL removed the cartoons from its site after receiving protests from some Muslim groups who felt harassed by the drawings, which they perceived as insulting to the prophet Mohammed and Islam. These individuals also demanded that RMOL apologise to Indonesian Muslims for making them uneasy and angry.