Paper suspended over cartoon row

Saudi Arabia’s Shams youth newspaper has been suspended after printing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

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By  Tim Addington Published  February 26, 2006

Saudi Arabia’s Shams youth newspaper has been suspended after printing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The Riyadh-based tabloid published the cartoons next to an article urging Saudis to take action against Denmark, where they first appeared. The newspaper failed to hit the streets at the start of the week and was not back in circulation at the time Campaign went to press. Elie Wakim, group commercial director at Al Wataniya, which handles the sales, marketing and development support for the newspaper, confirmed that it had been suspended because of a “misunderstanding”. He told Campaign: “It is related to editorial things. There is nothing to worry about. The editorial team are solving it.” The newspaper only launched two months ago and is aimed at Saudi’s large youth population. It has a print run of 120,000 a day.

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