Obama say, "respect it!"
The defense of free speech is our clarion call, which is why our landmark victory last week against the government of NYC was so very huge.
"Moroccan cartoonist briefly questioned over mosque sketch, 6th journalist detained in a week" Montreal Gazette, July 25th, By Aziz El Yaakoubi, The Associated Press
RABAT, Morocco - A Moroccan editorial cartoonist was detained by police after publishing a caricature on his website that they said insulted Islam, the sixth journalist detained in the country in a week.
The prominent cartoonist, Khalid Gueddar, said he was interrogated for six hours on Monday in Casablanca. Gueddar was arrested in 2009 along with another journalist after publishing a caricature of the Moroccan king's cousin. Caricatures of Islam or the royal family are illegal in Morocco. He ultimately received a suspended sentence and a fine of €300,000 ($362,500).
The latest cartoon, which he said he drew in 2011 in response to the arrest that year of an imam accused of soliciting a prostitute in a mosque in Fez, shows someone tossing lingerie from a minaret. He said he published it again to illustrate a similar situation.
"The interrogation focused on what I think of Islam, on my drawings and on my website," Gueddar said.
His lawyer said if charged and convicted, Gueddar could face a harsh sentence and he compared the questioning to an inquisition on religion.
The justice minister, Mustapha Ramid, said he would not intervene in what he described as a normal judicial process.
Last week, five other Moroccan journalists were interrogated for various reasons.
After the Arab Spring protests, Morocco adopted a new constitution that gave more power to the president and granted a degree of freedom of expression, but some punishments for journalists remained on the books.
Pro-democracy demonstrators have remained active in this North African kingdom, and freedom of speech issues have been on the rise.