Star Newspaper apologizes for publishing the offensive Charlie Hebdo cover. The Star newspaper said that it regretted any offence caused to Muslims.
The Kenyan media regulator has summoned The Star’s owner after accusing it of breaching decency, however it did not single out the cartoon.
In Senegal, the government has banned Charlie Hebdo’s distribution.
A second Kenyan newspaper, Business Daily, has also published the French satirical magazine’s cover.
In its Thursday morning edition, the Star said many Muslim readers had complained over a “small reproduction” of Charlie Hebdo’s cover on Wednesday.
Apologising, the paper, Kenya’s third biggest, said it “sincerely regrets any offence and pain caused by the picture”.
The government-appointed Media Council of Kenya said in a statement that it was “incensed by the persistent publishing of offensive stories and pictures by the Star newspaper”.
It has summoned The Star’s owners to a meeting to explain the “unprofessional” conduct of its journalists before it decides on action.
This could include the withdrawal of the accreditation of the newspaper’s journalists. The Star has not commented on the council’s statement.
Kenya has suffered multiple attacks from al-Shebaab militants, who called the Charlie Hebdo attacks “heroic”.
South Africa’s The Citizen said it apologised to all who were offended by it reprinting the cartoon.
“We deplore those killings, as we do any attempt to enforce censorship through violence,” an editorial said.
In Senegal, which has a majority Muslim population, the government has banned Charlie Hebdo’s distribution.
The country has close links with France, the former colonial power, and French newspapers are widely available.
The magazine’s cover shows the prophet weeping while holding a sign saying “I am Charlie”, and below the headline “All is forgiven”.
Twelve people, including some of the magazine’s best known cartoonists, were killed last week by militant Islamist gunmen who said they were avenging a 2005 depiction of Prophet Muhammad.
An interior ministry statement reported on the Senegalese news agency APS said it was banning the distribution of Charlie Hebdo by “all means”.
The ban includes French newspaper Liberation, which also carried the front cover.
Story courtesy of BBC.
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