TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court has adjourned until April 19 the tense trial regarding a TV station owner charged with "attacking sacred values" for airing the prize-winning animated film "Persepolis."
Monday's decision comes after the trial over the airing of the film by the private station Nessma TV has turned into a battleground for what the new Tunisia, after the overthrow of its secular dictator a year ago, will look like.
Islamists, who demonstrated against the film and later attacked the station owner's house, say it was deliberate insult to their religion.
Liberals describe it as a battle for freedom of expression in the face of religious intolerance.
The film won the jury prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and contains a scene showing a character representing God. Depictions of God are considered sacrilege in Islam.