Indonesia says it’s banning cartoon that depicted Muslims as apes

Jakarta, Indonesia — An Indonesian newspaper says it is banning a cartoon in its newspaper depicting Muslims as animals and calling on readers to “change the tone of their thinking.”

The Jakarta Post reported Sunday that the cartoon shows a Muslim praying with an ape, saying “I am a Muslim and I pray that I will grow up to become an ape.

I do not want my children to be born with this kind of thinking.”

A similar cartoon was drawn in a local newspaper last month.

The Jakarta Times said it has taken the cartoon down, but not before sharing a link to a website with instructions on how to make it disappear.

In Indonesia, cartoons are not illegal, but they must be accompanied by a disclaimer that they are satirical.