PEI

Student paper surrenders edition with cartoons of Prophet Muhammad

The staff of the student newspaper at the University of Prince Edward Island have handed over to the student union the remaining copies of this week's edition, which contained cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The staff of the student newspaper at the University of Prince Edward Island have handed over to the student union the remaining copies of this week's edition, which contained cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

A copy editor at The Cadre, Rob Walker, said he was called into the office of the general manager of the student union, Heather Love, on Friday afternoon.

"[I] was told, on the advice of their lawyers, I should be told a number of things. Primarily, the paper was actually owned by the student union, and they demanded its return, and if it wasn't returned they would contact the police," Walker says.

The editor of The Cadre, Ray Keating, said Friday morning he had been given a deadline of 3 p.m. Friday to hand over the remaining 1,700 copies.

This week, The Cadre became the first and, to date, the only student newspaper in Canada to publish the cartoons that have resulted in violent protests and several deaths throughout the Muslim world.

Keating says he didn't anticipate that the decision to publish them would become a national issue.

"We still maintain that we had a message to send. And I think a lot of times that message has been lost.

"The message really has been that we want people to be able to have an effective discourse on the issue, and we felt that people wouldn't be able to have an effective discourse without actually seeing the original cartoons."

When The Cadre was published on Wednesday, UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan immediately ordered the paper removed from campus.