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Tunisia bans sale of French daily Le Figaro over Koran comment

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Wednesday September 20, 2006

Cairo/Tunis- The Tunisian government on Wednesday banned the sale of French newspaper Le Figaro in reaction to a column in the paper alleging that the Muslim holy book the Koran instigates violence, an Tunisian official reported. The author of the Tuesday commentary further opined that Muslim reaction to a recent speech by Pope Benedict XVI indicated that Muslims wanted to curtail freedom of speech in the West.

Earlier this year, the Tunisian government banned French daily France Soir for reprinting cartoon caricatures first seen in Denmark of Islam's revered Prophet Mohammed.

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