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Jordanian journalist murdered at court; was charged with offending Islam

September 26, 2016

A Jordanian journalist was shot and killed as he arrived at a court in Amman to answer charges that he had offended Islam with a cartoon posted on his Facebook page.

Nahed Hattar, who had recently been freed on bail after two weeks in jail, was charged with "instigation of sectarian division" because he posted a cartoon mocking the terrorists of the Islamic State. The cartoon—which was not Hattar's own work—pictured a terrorist, presumably in the afterlife, in bed with a woman, calling for wine. Friends said that Hattar was committed to destroying the credibility of the Islamic State.

As he arrived in court to defend himself against the charge that the cartoon mocked Allah, Hattar was shot three times. He was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

Police in Amman arrested Riad Abdullah, an Islamic leader, and charged him with the killing.

 
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