//Indonesia says media should learn from cartoon fury

Indonesia says media should learn from cartoon fury

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president on Thursday called on the media to draw a lesson from the publication of cartoons that have sparked Muslim protests worldwide, saying freedom of the press was not absolute.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, leader of the world’s most populous Islamic nation, also said he "can comprehend" strong reaction from Muslims following the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper. "We must take a lesson from the publication in a Danish newspaper. The rights of press freedom are not absolute," Yudhoyono said in a speech marking the national press day in the West Java capital of Bandung. "Whatever the faith, we must respect it," he said.

Yudhoyono and his government have already condemned the printing of the cartoons but urged Muslims to exercise restraint, act peacefully, and accept the apology offered by the Danish paper which first published the caricatures last September.The images — one showing the Prophet with a turban resembling a bomb — have also been published elsewhere in Europe and further afield, as well as being accessible on the Internet.

MALAYSIA NEWSPAPER SUSPENDED –A Malaysian daily reported on Thursday that the government had decided to suspend the publishing license of the Sarawak Tribune newspaper for publishing the caricatures last weekend apparently to illustrate a story on the global outrage. Top Indonesian Islamic leaders have called on Muslims to avoid violence in protests against the printing of the cartoons, which in some countries have turned deadly.

The leader of Indonesia’s second largest Muslim group, the 30-million strong Muhammadiyah, told reporters that while the cartoons had insulted Islam he was urging against violence. n Indonesia there have been some injuries but no deaths in the protests, which among other things have seen a Jakarta tower housing the Danish embassy vandalized, clashes between police and demonstrators, and damage to the Danish and U.S. consulates in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.

The protests and threats received against Danish nationals prompted Copenhagen to urge its citizens to leave Indonesia. Denmark’s flag has also been burned in numerous cities.On Thursday, around 200 people belonging to Muslim Solidarity Indonesia peacefully marched in the Central Java city of Semarang, condemning the cartoons, according to local news radio. The protesters urged the Indonesian government to cut diplomatic relations with Denmark and boycott Danish products. But as of early afternoon there were no reports of major protests elsewhere. ore than 85 percent of Indonesia’s 220 million people follow Islam. Most Indonesian Muslims are moderate but militancy has grown in recent year There may be fire in your heart but your head must be cool. Don’t overreact," Din Syamsuddin said

n Indonesia there have been some injuries but no deaths in the protests, which among other things have seen a Jakarta tower housing the Danish embassy vandalized, clashes between police and demonstrators, and damage to the Danish and U.S. consulates in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.

The protests and threats received against Danish nationals prompted Copenhagen to urge its citizens to leave Indonesia. Denmark’s flag has also been burned in numerous cities. On Thursday, around 200 people belonging to Muslim Solidarity Indonesia peacefully marched in the Central Java city of Semarang, condemning the cartoons, according to local news radio. The protesters urged the Indonesian government to cut diplomatic relations with Denmark and boycott Danish products. But as of early afternoon there were no reports of major protests elsewhere. More than 85 percent of Indonesia’s 220 million people follow Islam. Most Indonesian Muslims are moderate but militancy has grown in recent years

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