13 August 2016

Jordanian writer faces arrest over offensive cartoon

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Jordanian writer after he allegedly published a cartoon on social media that was deemed highly offensive to Muslims.

The warrant for writer Nahed Hattar was issued on Friday after he failed to appear for questioning over the cartoon posted on his Facebook page.

It is not known who produced the cartoon, which shows a fighter from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) sitting next to two women and asking God to bring him a drink.

The backlash against Hattar was immediate with Jordanian social media users lambasting the writer for sharing the cartoon and accusing him of being anti-Islam and purposely causing offence to Jordanian Muslims. [Al Jazeera English] Read more