OTTAWA (CP) – A coalition of Muslim groups is congratulating Canadians for their non-violent response to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
The group says the Canadian response was unique in that it struck a balance between freedom of expression and protecting people from hate and racism. Group spokeswoman Tyseer Aboulnasr also praised Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay for emphasizing responsible expression while condemning the violent reaction to the cartoons in other countries.
In Pakistan, a cleric has announced a $1-million US bounty for killing the cartoonist who drew the caricatures.
Five people have been killed in Pakistan this week during protests against the cartoons.
In Denmark, where the prophet drawings were first published in September, the government said it had temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan following the violent protests this week.