Sunday, June 6, 2010

Albania's Muslim community sues journalist who urged ban on Islam

The Associated Press

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The main group representing Albania’s Muslim majority population says it is suing a journalist who suggested the government should ban their faith.

The Albanian Muslim Community says in a statement released Tuesday that Kastriot Myftaraj allegedly incited religious hatred with his writings in the small circulation, Tirana-based Sot (Today) daily newspaper.

Myftaraj published two articles last month claiming that “Islam harms Albanian national coherence.” He wrote that the best response was for the country to “outlaw the Muslim religion in Albania and close down all mosques.”

About two-thirds of Albania’s 3.2 million population is Muslim. Albanians were not allowed to practice any religion under Communist rule between 1967 and 1990.

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