Russia says publication of #CharlieHebdo or any Mohammed cartoons are illegal

MOSCOW: Russia’s media watchdog on Friday warned publications that printing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was against the country’s law and ethical norms following the Charlie Hebdo attack in France.

“The publication in Russian media of such caricatures go against ethical and moral norms worked out over centuries,” said the media and communications watchdog Roskomnadzor.

“Disseminating caricatures on religious themes in the media can be considered insulting or humiliating to the representatives of religious confessions and groups, and qualified as inciting ethnic and relgious hatred”, an offence under Russian law, it said.