Muslim organisations force Kerala newspaper to apologise for ‘offensive’ comment on Prophet Muhammad

Mathrubhumi, a leading Malayalam daily in Kerala, put out an apology on its front page after it printed a purportedly offensive comment on Prophet Muhammad

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2016 3:21 pm
mathrubhumi, prophet muhammad, muhammad, kerala news, mathrubhumi muhammad, mathrubhumi prophet muhammad, islam in india, islam in kerala, india news A screenshot of the front page of the Mathrubhumi newspaper on Thursday apologising for a purportedly offensive comment on Prophet Muhammad

Mathrubhumi, a leading Malayalam daily in Kerala, put out an apology on its front page today after it printed a purportedly offensive comment curated from social media on Prophet Muhammad in its Kozhikode and Thrissur editions on Wednesday.

The apology came after enraged Muslim organisations held protests outside the newspaper’s offices. Groups like the Popular Front of India (PFI) said the comment hurt the sentiments of the community.

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The newspaper in its apology said the comment, that was picked up from social media, was added as a reaction to the speech made by Justice Kemal Pasha on the topic ‘Law against domestic abuse’ at a seminar. The judge also faces heat from Muslim scholars for saying that Muslim women faced discrimination under the Muslim personal law.

“We understand the comments hurt the sentiments of followers. We apologise deeply for the error,” the newspaper said. Mathrubhumi also confirmed that it would take appropriate action against those responsible for the ‘careless’ mistake.

The newspaper management additionally requested the state government to take appropriate action against such comments that are posted on social media.

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    Aap
    Mar 10, 2016 at 8:14 am
    Abusing any religion or its personalities is like spitting at Sky. Undoubtedly it will come back on their face.
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      Sirius
      Mar 10, 2016 at 8:28 am
      Indeed, nature likes diversity. How can there be "only one God" ?
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        Sirius
        Mar 10, 2016 at 8:22 am
        Make that ".... any religion apart from Hinduism ..." ...
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          Pbuh
          Mar 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm
          Umm.. freedom of speech?! Ahh comment was against the glorious peaceful religion thst is the only truth and rest ppl need to be slaughtered. Yeah.. makes sense. Lets focus on kanhaiya right to abuse nation now. Yes burkha, nidhi at NDTV?
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            Surya
            Mar 10, 2016 at 11:46 pm
            As long as you do not create a threat to the majority people that follow a different religion. If you do, you will be exterminated for our safety. All other religions live peacefully coopratively in India. Look at parsi, sikh and others. Your religion creates problems not just in india but w world. Instead of owning your responsibility if you put a blame on us, you are heading for ypur own fall. Darul Harb will never succeed in India.
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              Surya
              Mar 10, 2016 at 11:38 pm
              Can you tell what is Darul Harb?
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                Surya
                Mar 10, 2016 at 11:37 pm
                So by that logic US invaded middle east by pure force. Why are you crying foul?
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                  Dr
                  Mar 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm
                  Why is woman created, i m interested in knowing too. Burkha, Nidhi, ndtv listening? Btw, what is zazya, dhimmi, darul harb, apostate law. Pls enlighten us Dr Zakir Naik jr.
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                    Poonaikanjan
                    Mar 11, 2016 at 1:37 am
                    And you feel so proud and happy for being able to marry how many ever you want and reproduce like piiggss...?? Sick and shameful
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                      Poonaikanjan
                      Mar 11, 2016 at 1:33 am
                      See this is a tolerant community.... Hindus, RSS, BJP, all should learn from them. Sir aamir khan and other award wapsi brigade, thanks for giving us lessons in tolerance
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                        Adarsh
                        Mar 11, 2016 at 4:43 am
                        I am just glad that things were settled non violently
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                          Anand Sudan
                          Mar 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm
                          Apology is good. We should not hurt the relious feelings of others. will mathrubhumi and other media follow this pracice in the case of other religions ?
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                            Anand Sudan
                            Mar 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm
                            Some days back, there was a controversy over the description of a goddess of particular religion as .... worker by some anti nationals, the Mathrubhumi or other media has not condemned it. Instead they came forward to defend the usage in the name freedom of speech
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                              Anand Sudan
                              Mar 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm
                              Some days back, there was a controversy over the description of a goddess of particular religion as .S... worker by some anti nationals, the Mathrubhumi or other media has not condemned it. Instead they came forward to defend the usage in the name freedom of speech( ....... is used.( When I use the name of religion, this paper removes the comment saying' your comment under moderation. Great freedom of speech!
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                                Indian
                                Mar 11, 2016 at 10:19 am
                                Earlier, in September 2015, Mathrubhumi had terminated M M Basheer’s column after after people objected to a Muslim writing about the Ramayana. Sena had reportedly threatened the newspaper with negative consequences.
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                                  NAVIN ASTI
                                  Mar 10, 2016 at 9:22 am
                                  Will the so-called Awardwapsi brigade and their political masters rise in favor of FREEDOM OF SPEECH in this case? If not,their evil designs will be confirmed as is exposed in other cases.Is Indian secularism that these gangs propagate is to hail one community and bash another? When this great Nation will be free from such vices?
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                                    Azeem
                                    Mar 12, 2016 at 4:58 am
                                    Criticizing a religion is a different thing and making 'COMMENTS' is different... look at the tone in which the w thing is written... If you raise genuine questions, we are here to answer.. but if your intentions are just to DEFAME the prophet, it won't work. Because Prophet Muhammad is such a personality whom many of the great historians and thinkers have agreed upon being a great man. So some little people like this MATHRUBHUMI newspaper can do nothing that can defame him
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                                      S.Gonesh
                                      Mar 10, 2016 at 8:41 am
                                      Ban this religion from Indian soil.
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                                        Indian
                                        Mar 10, 2016 at 10:54 am
                                        History says that Muslims are backstabbers they cannot attack from front. Read history of Mughal and other Muslim invaders.
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                                          Indian
                                          Mar 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm
                                          History shows that Muslims had attacked innocent people from other religions mainly Hindus, ruled our country, forced religions conversion of Hindus to Islam. Hence you will see all Indian, Pak , Afghanistan and Bangla Muslims are actually Indian Hindus who had been forcibly converted to Islam during Mughal rules. Hence there is an urgent need to reconvert these people back to Hinduism, this is required for the benefits of the Muslim community and for benefit of India, Pak, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. If this is not carried out then we may see the same fate to these people as is happening in Syria and Iraq.
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                                            Indian
                                            Mar 10, 2016 at 1:38 pm
                                            What is wrong if there is a change to muslin personal law to allow a muslin women to marry 4 men ?
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