Friday, February 03, 2006

Ethnic Affairs minister Chides NZ Press

newswire.co.nz - news of consequence:
"Two New Zealand newspapers who published controversial cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed have been criticised by the Ethnic Affairs Minister, who says they should have been more responsible.

The Dominion Post and the Christchurch Press re-published the caricatures, originally printed by a Danish newspaper, one of which pictures Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.

The minister, Chris Carter, says he is disappointed with the decision as it undermines New Zealand's reputation as a tolerant country.

He has warned that it could affect trade, New Zealand's troops in Afganistan and even the situation of the Auckland student currently held hostage in Iraq. "

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