Seattle Weekly Cartoonist Goes Into Hiding After Fatwa
september 15, 2010 05:18 pm
Molly Norris, a Seattle-based cartoonist whose work regularly appeared in the Seattle Weekly
, has gone into hiding
because of threats against her life. Earlier this year, Norris caused a firestorm
by cheekily declaring May 20, "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," and drawing a Mohammed cartoon herself.
According to Seattle Weekly
editor Mark Fefer:
On the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, "going ghost": moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab.
In July, the NY Daily News reported that
a Yemeni-American cleric had placed Norris on an "execution hitlist."