Thursday, February 12

Jyllands-Posten Muhammad Cartoons : Danish Newspaper Who Once Published the Prophet Cartoon Bow to Islamic Pressure

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In a sad display of the results of terrorism, a once-proud proponent of free speech has been crushed under the weight of threats of violence and has declared that they will not republish a cartoon depicting the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

Ten years ago, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten angered the Muslim community worldwide when they depicted Muhammad in a cartoon. Amidst calls to republish the cartoon after free speech was so brutally assaulted in the slaughter of twelve innocent people in France this week, the newspaper has declared that they will not be republishing it, offering a sad note that “It shows violence works.”

 Reuters reports on the decision:
"Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which angered Muslims by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad 10 years ago, will not republish Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons due to security concerns, the only major Danish newspaper not to do so.
“It shows that violence works,” the newspaper stated in its editorial on Friday.
Denmark’s other major newspapers have all republished cartoons from the French satirical weekly as part of the coverage of the attack which killed 12 people in Paris on Wednesday.
Many other European newspapers also republished Charlie Hebdo cartoons to protest against the killings.
When Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons by various artists in September 2005, most of which depict the Prophet Mohammad, it sparked a wave of protests across the Muslim world in which at least 50 people died.
“We have lived with the fear of a terrorist attack for nine years, and yes, that is the explanation why we do not reprint the cartoons, whether it be our own or Charlie Hebdo’s,” Jyllands-Posten said. “We are also aware that we therefore bow to violence and intimidation.”

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