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[Published: Monday November 03 2008]

Morocco bans French magazine

Rabat , 03 Nov-(ANA)- Anedition of French magazine L'Express International has been banned in Morocco forallegedly insulting Islam, Reuters has reported.

The Moroccan informationminister has been quoted as saying the issue breached the country's press code,but did not specify the precise content regarded as offensive.

The "Jesus-MuhammadShock" issue discusses the relationship between Christianity and Islam, aneditor said.

L'Express said it tried tobe sensitive to Muslim opinions, and did not understand the reasons for theban.

As an example it said ithad altered the front cover image for the Moroccan market - showing Muhammadwith his face covered, rather than exposed as on the French edition.

Information Minister KhalidNaciri said the edition breached article 29 of the kingdom's press code.

This allows the governmentto shut down or ban any publication deemed to offend Islam or the king.

L'Express said on itswebsite that the article was published ahead of a meeting this week in Rome between Christianand Muslim scholars to "help the dialogue between Islam andChristianity".

One of its editors,Christian Makarian, said L'Express was the only French magazine to publish amonthly supplement about Morocco.(ANA)

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