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Danish Papers Reprint Muhammad CartoonDanish Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon
There is a built-in news story that Three muslim tried to kill one of the cartoonists. They were following the Sunna of Muhammad who successfully send assassins after many of his critics but I am sure no media has made such a statement yet.
Danish Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon
To "Unambiguously Back" Freedom; Images Of Prophet Sparked Mass Outcry 2 Years Ago
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Feb. 13, 2008
A man walks past the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper Tuesday Feb. 12, 2008. The newspaper on Feb. 13, 2008 reprinted a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad which two years earlier sparked mass outcry among Muslims around the world. (AP Photo/John McConnico)
(AP) Denmark's leading newspapers on Wednesday reprinted a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked deadly rioting in Muslim countries two years ago.
The papers said they wanted to show their firm commitment to freedom of speech after Tuesday's arrest in western Denmark of three people accused of plotting to kill the man who drew the cartoon, which shows Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse.
The drawing by Kurt Westergaard and 11 other cartoons depicting Muhammad enraged Muslims two years ago when they appeared in a range of Western newspapers.
Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry.
The Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which first published the 12 drawings on Sept. 30, 2005, reprinted Westergaard's cartoon in its print edition Wednesday. Several other major dailies, including Politiken and Berlingske Tidende, also reprinted the drawing.
"We are doing this to document what is at stake in this case, and to unambiguously back and support the freedom of speech that we as a newspaper will always defend," said the Copenhagen-based Berlingske Tidende.
Tabloid Ekstra Bladet reprinted all 12 drawings.
At least three European newspapers - in Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain - also reprinted the cartoon as part of their coverage of the Danish arrests.
The decision by the Danish papers came in response to Tuesday's news that intelligence police had arrested two Tunisians and a Danish citizen of Moroccan origin for plotting to kill Westergaard.
The Danish suspect was released Tuesday after questioning, his lawyer, Henning Lyngsbo, said.
"He has no knowledge about the case," Lyngsbo told The Associated Press. "It doesn't seem that the evidence is very strong."
Intelligence service chief Jakob Scharf had indicated the man would be released, but could still face charges of violating a Danish terror law. The two Tunisians are to be expelled from Denmark because they are considered threats to national security, Scharf said.
Danish Muslim leaders condemned the alleged murder plot, but also said reprinting Westergaard's cartoon was the wrong way to protest.
"There could have been other ways to do it without the drawing, which I personally do not like," Abdul Wahid Petersen, a moderate imam, told AP.
Imam Mostafa Chendid, the leader of the Islamic Faith Community, said his group was considering staging a rally in front of Parliament. The Copenhagen-based group spearheaded protests against the cartoons in 2006.
"We are so unhappy about the cartoon being reprinted," Chendid told AP. "No blood was ever shed in Denmark because of this, and no blood will be shed. We are trying to calm down people, but let's see what happens. Let's open a dialogue."
Massive protests swept the Muslim world in early 2006 after the publication of the cartoons. Danes watched in disbelief as angry mobs burned the Danish flag and attacked the country's embassies in Muslim countries including Syria, Iran and Lebanon. Danish products were boycotted in several Muslim countries.
The Danish Foreign Ministry said its diplomatic missions worldwide were monitoring the situation for any signs of unrest related to the cartoon.
"We have no information about events or reactions that leads us to change our security assessment for Danish citizens," said Uffe Wolffhechel of the ministry's consular department.
A little part have been written in a danish newspaper I will try to do a little translation:
|Amerikansk hjemmeside truer tegnerne
Den al-Qaeda-venlige, amerikanske hjemmeside Inshallahshaheed truer de danske muhammedtegnere.
En amerikansk hjemmeside, der fungerer som 'en slags vestlig relæstation for voldelige islamiske grupper', har offentliggjort trusler mod den danske karikaturtegner Kurt Westergaard i forlængelse af danske aviser genoptryk af hans muhammedtegning.
Hjemmesiden, der drives af en saudiarabiskfødt amerikaner ved navn Samir Khan, skriver blandt andet, at 'I fjolser synes at have glemt Theo van Goghs endeligt'.
Den hollandske filmand Theo van Gogh blev i 2004 knivdræbt på åben gade i Amsterdam af en muslimsk ekstremist. Drabet skete, efter at van Gogh havde lavet den islamkritiske film 'Submission'.
»I fjolser synes at have glemt Theo van Goghs endeligt«
Hjemmesiden Inshallahshaheed (Vækkelse) kommer med sin trussel i forlængelse af onsdagens offentliggørelse af muhammedtegninger i mindst 18 danske aviser. I meddelelsen hedder det blandt andet:
»Vort budskab til karikaturtegnerne er: I fjolser synes at have glemt Theo van Goghs endeligt og glemmer at tage i betragtning, at selv mange danske borgere, der er muslimer, ikke vil tolerere dette, fordi de kender historien om Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf, og hvad Profeten Muhammed gjorde mod ham, og de ved, at deres religion tillader dette«.
Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf var en leder af det jødiske folk Banu Nadir. Han blev angiveligt dræbt efter ordre fra profeten Muhammed.
|American website threatens cartoonists
The Al-Qaeda friendly website Inshallahshaheed threatens the danish muhammad-cartoonists
An American website that works as a Western link to violent Islamic groups, has published threaths towards the danish cartoonis Kurt Westergaard, in continuation of of the reprints of his drawing of Muhammad.
The website, which is run by an saudiarabian born american named Samir Khan, writes among other things, that 'You fools seem to have forgotten Theo van Goghs end'
The dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was in 2004 killed with a knife in the street in Amsterdam by a muslim ekstremist. The murder happened, after van Gogh had made the islamcritical movie 'Submission'.
»You fools seems to have forgotten Theo van Goghs end«
The website Inshallahshaheed (Revival) publish its threat in continuation of the publishment of muhammed-cartoons, wednesday, in at least 18 danish newspapers. In the message it is among other things said:
»Our message to the cartoonists is: You fools seems to have forgotten Theo van Goghs end and forgets to take in consideration, that many danish citizens, who is muslims, wont tolerate this, because they know the story about Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf, and what the Prophet Muhammed did to him, and they know, that their religion allows this [there might be a misquoting in the newspaper. Not sure wether "allow this" is refering to what the prophet did to Ka'b or to the drawings of Muhammad. In the last case there probably is missing a "wont"]«.
Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf was a leader of the jewish people Banu Nadir. He was alledgelly killed after orders from the prophet Muhammad.
Danish newspaper Politiken