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The Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris became the target of a death threat after a satirical piece called “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” (see – Molly-Norris Cartoon) has gone into hiding on the advice of the FBI it became known on Wednesday 09/15/2010.

Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief Mark D. Fefer announced in Wednesday’s issue that Molly Norris’ comic would no longer appear in the paper.

Fefer wrote that the FBI advised Norris to move, change her name and wipe away her identity because of a religious edict issued this summer that threatened her life. “She is, in effect, being put in a witness-protection program — except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab,” Fefer wrote.

The FBI also declined to comment Thursday. David Gomez, the FBI’s special agent in charge of counterterrorism in Seattle, told the New York Daily News in July 2010 that the agency was doing everything it could to protect individuals on a fatwa list issued by Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (see – Norris Threat).
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