Cartoon follows similar publication by French magazine and US produced, anti-Islam film
Spanish political satire magazine El Jueves has published a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) on its cover, soon after violent protests rocked the Muslim world over a US film and French caricatures deemed insulting to Islam.
El Jueves' latest edition, which hit Spanish newsstands on Wednesday, shows several Muslims in a police lineup under the title "But... does anyone know what Mohammad looks like?"
Any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous by Muslims but the issue has also caused a debate in the West about censorship and freedom of speech.
The magazine declined to comment to Reuters on Thursday on the motives for the publication.
But in comments to the Huffington Post, editor Mayte Quilez said it was a decision to take a humorous position on a contentious issue.
"If you can't depict Mohammad, how do you know it is him in the cartoons?" she asked.
Last week, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad soon after protests against a film made in the US provoked a torrent of anti-American unrest in Egypt, Libya and other countries.
The US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in one of the first protests, on September 11, and 15 people were killed in protests in Pakistan last Friday.
The Spanish Embassy on Wednesday sent a message to its citizens in Egypt asking for caution in the event of any backlash from the El Jueves cartoon but has not said whether it will step up security in other Arab countries.
"We're still analysing what steps to take," a foreign ministry source said.
Spanish magazines should rather publish cartoons about their own lousy economy - which IS a "contentious issue" - instead offending Muslims. Good that they still are able to take a humorous position - much humour is needed in Spain to live with the crisis.
its all tactics to divert attention from a shamble of economy they have at the moment
yesterday i saw very shameful pictures of women being dragged in the streets madrid by their throats during protest against the government
make cartoon of those
freedom of speech lovers!!
Why doesn't this magazine publish cartoons of Spanish king and queen. Not a single magazine in Muslim world ever published any thing about Jesus.
Of course there is nothing in Muslim countries against Jesus. In Islam he is a prophet. his virgin birth is recognized. Naturally there will be no negative articles, depictions, etc. But then again, you already know that if you understand Islam.
Yet, if a magazine in Muslim world did publish cartoons with derogatory statements about Christianity, it would not be mentioned in any news story whatsoever because not one person would be offended to any level more than a shrug of the shoulders and a shake of the head.