Morocco bans issue of weekly French magazine for what it says was insult to Islam

Other News Materials 2 November 2008 20:50 (UTC +04:00)

The Moroccan government has banned the most recent issue of the French magazine L'Express International for insulting Islam, the Associated Press reported.

Information Minister Khalid Naciri says he had no choice because Article 29 of the Moroccan press code forbids publications damaging to Islam or the monarchy.

Naciri tells The Associated Press: "Our country should not be used by anyone to spread articles that could be prejudicial to our religion or undermine public order."

The cover story of this week's L'Express is titled "The Jesus-Muhammad Shock" and discusses the relationship between Christianity and Islam. The magazine's Internet site says it doesn't understand Morocco's reaction.

Morocco didn't specify what the insult was.