German news magazine Spiegel banned in Egypt

Egypt has ordered the seizure of a special edition of the German news magazine Der Spiegel after it was deemed to be insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

German news magazine Spiegel banned in Egypt
No Spiegel? Vitali would rather read the FAZ. Photo: DPA

Information Minister Anas al-Fiqi took the decision “to defend Islamic values and confront attempts to damage the prophet, the Muslim religion and religion in general,” the state-run daily Al-Gomhuriya said.

The paper reported that Fiqi said Egypt would not allow any publication damaging to monotheistic religions “because that is nothing to do with the freedom of information that the West talks about.”

Al-Gomhuriya said the March 25 special issue of Der Spiegel contends that Islam is a Christian offshoot and contains several images and comments insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, citing a “German orientalist” who said Islam incites violence and terrorism.

In February, Egypt banned the sale of four international newspapers – Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Welt, Britain’s The Observer and US daily Wall Street Journal – for publishing cartoons of the prophet.