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September 18, 2010
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FBI sends 'Draw Mohammed' cartoonist into hiding

Started "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" with a satirical cartoon in support of free speech

Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Seattle cartoonist who started "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" with a satirical cartoon in support of free speech has reportedly gone into hiding on the advice of the FBI.

Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief Mark D. Fefer announced in Wednesday's issue that Molly Norris' comic would no longer appear in the paper.

Fefer wrote that the FBI advised Norris to move, change her name and wipe away her identity because of a fatwa, or death sentence, issued against her this summer.

The FBI declined to comment.

Norris' cartoon inspired a Facebook page that caught the attention of authorities in Pakistan, who banned the social networking site in response.

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Most Muslims regard any depiction of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous.






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