OIC blasts Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition

OIC blasts Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned a cartoon competition to depict the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The contest was announced by the Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV), headed by anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders.

“While the whole world faces religious extremism and terrorism and needs peace, dialogue and tolerance, it is time to put in place internationally binding legal instruments to prevent incitement, racism, discrimination (and) religious hatred,” said OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen.

“Freedom of expression does not mean offending others’ religions, which contradicts the universal principle of respect for religions.”

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