Muslims protest Wikipedia images of Mohammed


San Francisco, Feb. 13, 2008 ( - More than 100,000 signatures have been collected to protest the images of Mohammed that appear on the English-language section of the online reference site, Wikipedia.

Wikipedia, which styles itself as a "free encyclopedia," allows users to contribute to its entries. The inclusion of images of the Islamic prophet, however, offends Muslims, whose faith prohibits such representations of Mohammed. The Wikipedia site currently includes 2 images, taken from the 13th and 15th centuries.

A spokesman for the Wikipedia foundation, Jay Walsh, said, “The decision to not remove the image of Mohammed is based on the values, principles, and politics of Wikipedia, which is proud to censor no one.” The entry for Mohammed, however, is currently "locked," so that modifications are not allowed, while the dispute is resolved.

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