The State of Qatar has strongly condemned the French Charlie Hebdo magazine and some European newspapers republishing of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH).
In a statement issued late Thursday, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said that freedom of expression does not mean offending others and provoke feelings and cynicism on the beliefs and religious symbols.
It dubbed such the move as "shameful", and cautioned that such actions would not serve the interests of any one but it would fuel the flames of hatred, anger.
It added that such practices constitute a violation of human values and the principles of peaceful coexistence, tolerance, moderation and mutual respect among peoples.
The ministry called on the Western media to respect others and their beliefs and keep away from intolerance and extremism and be committed to the values and principles upon which the Western civilization were established.