Danish newspapers republish Mohammad cartoon





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Remember the Danish cartoon about Mohammad that lead to Muslim all over the world? Well, several Danish newspapers have decided to reprint one of the drawings. Why? To protest a lot to murder one of the cartoonists. Here's more.

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Two years ago a drawing of the Prophet Mohammad--showing him with a bomb in a turban--lead to outrage among Muslim communities all over the world.

A Danish citizen of Moroccan descent and two Tunisians were arrested on
Tuesday for planning to murder 73-year-old Kurt Westergaard, a
cartoonist at Jyllands-Posten, the Danish paper that originally published the
drawings in September 2005.

Five Danish daily newspapers, more than 10 smaller papers and a Swedish
daily reprinted Westergaard's cartoon. Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive.

But Berlingske Tidene editor-in-chief defended the decision.

[Lisbeth Knudsen, editor in chief]: "If somebody here works with things that fundamentalists do not like, we have to stand up for freedom of speech."

Danish Muslim groups criticised the move as divisive, but said they saw the issue as localized this time.

[Mostafa Chendid, Imam at the Islamic Faith Community]:
"In the beginning it was pure provocation to Muslims, and now it has some consequences, it was about these three people who were arrested yesterday and released yesterday, so actually they are two different situations."

The Islamic Faith Community was at the centre of the first cartoon controversy. They said they hoped the situation would not escalate this time.

Three Danish embassies were attacked and at least 50 people were killed in rioting in 2006 in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Several young Muslims have since been convicted in Denmark of planning bomb attacks, partly in protest at the cartoons.

Danish media said a man of Moroccan descent, 40, had been released but faced preliminary charges while two Tunisians, 36 and 25, would face deportation later this week.


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