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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Kartoonistan Over-Reaction In Russia

The Volgograd newspaper Gorodskye Vesti ran a pretty good cartoon the other day.

According to press reports, it showed Moses, Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed watching a TV showing people fighting. The caption read, "We did not teach them to do that." It ran with an article that encouraged a stop to violence over the cartoons.

In response, the mayor shut down the newspaper.

Said the Deputy Mayor at a press conference (presumably without Gorodskye Vesti reporters present):
"We have carefully studied the article and decided to close down the newspaper in order not to inflame ethnic hostilities."
There had been no reports of anything much being enflamed during the cold Volgagrad winter as a result of the cartoon, least of all ethnic hostilities.

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