The United Nations, European Union, and Organization of the Islamic Conference say they are alarmed at the violent protests against a Danish political cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.
The three organizations issued a joint statement Tuesday condemning the violence -- especially the attacks on diplomatic missions in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.
The three organizations say they fully uphold the right of free speech. But they say the "insulting" cartoon of Muhammad shows a need for sensitivity and responsibility by the press for the beliefs of all religions.
The protests against the cartoon continued across the Islamic world Tuesday. Four demonstrators were killed in Afghanistan and several others hurt in Indian Kashmir.
Denmark urged all its nationals to leave Indonesia and Iranian protesters threw firebombs at the Danish embassy in Tehran.
In a related development, a major Iranian newspaper Hamshahri announced a contest for what it says is the best cartoon about the Holocaust. The U.S. State Department called this "outrageous."