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Time sorry for Mohammed image

Time sorry for Mohammed image

Publication: BBC News
Date: April 22, 2001

The international news magazine Time has apologised to Muslims after an image of the Prophet Mohammed in its 16 April issue sparked riots in Kashmir.

Students offended by the image threw stones at police and burned several cars in Indian-administered Kashmir, while security forces responded with tear gas and bamboo canes.

The magazine was removed from news-stands by government order in Malaysia, where Islam is the official religion.

The picture - part of a special report on "Jerusalem at the time of Jesus" - showed Mohammed meeting the Archangel Gabriel to receive a revelation from God.

Images of Mohammed are considered blasphemy in Islam.

'Unintentional affront'

The editor of Time's Asian edition apologised for what he called "an unintentional affront to the Islamic faith.

"Time regrets the publication of this image," said editor Adi Ignatius.

Police in Kashmir said as many as 5,000 people, mostly students, demonstrated in the summer capital Srinagar and in nearby Anantnag on Saturday in protest at the image.

Kashmir is India's only Muslim-majority state.

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