Muhammad cartoonist draws Paris response

Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist behind the most infamous of Jyllands-Posten’s Muhammad caricatures, has picked up his pen in support of the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack at the offices of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Muhammad cartoonist draws Paris response
Kurt Westergaard, shown here in 2012, drew the most widely-discussed of the Muhammad cartoons. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
Kurt Westergaard and his Skanderborg gallery, Galleri Draupner, have issued a special version of his 2009 work ‘Free Speech’ in reaction to the Paris attacks. 
Westergaard’s work shows a man with a pen in his hand balancing on a rope above a precipice. The rope is tied to a sign that reads ‘Free Speech’. 
Westergaard told TV2 News that the drawing represents “a balancing act”.
He said that the Charlie Hebdo attacks shouldn’t lead to self-censorship on sensitive issues. 
“What I hope is that this doesn’t have too many negative consequences that media, newspapers and TV don’t get scared and begin going backward down a slippery slope when it comes to the freedom of expression,” he said. 
Westergaard’s drawing of Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban became the most well-known of the 12 drawings published by Jyllands-Posten in 2005. 
The 79-year-old Westergaard was targeted in a failed murder attempt at his home in 2010 but told media on Wednesday that he did not fear for his safety thanks to police protection.
Westergaard's 'Free Speech' piece in support of the Charlie Hebdo victims:


Danish far-right party denied permission to publish Mohammed cartoons

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has declined a request by far-right Danish political party Nye Borgerlige (New Right) to publish its cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.

Danish far-right party denied permission to publish Mohammed cartoons
Pernille Vermund (C) with other members of the Nye Borgerlige party. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish party, led by parliamentarian Pernille Vermund, wanted to take out advertisements in Danish newspapers in which it would have published the cartoons.

The cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed were shown by French teacher Samuel Paty to his students before he was later beheaded in what the country’s president Emmanuel Macron has labelled a terrorist attack.

“The killing of Samuel Paty triggered the campaign, we want to show our support for his family and for freedom of speech,” Vermund said on Friday.

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists have however rejected Nye Borgerlige’s request to use the cartoons in newspaper advertisements, the magazine’s public relations bureau told tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“Following consultation with the cartoonists, Charlie Hebdo has not made such an agreement with this political party, with which they do not share any form of viewpoints,” the magazine said according to Ekstra Bladet.

Danish newspapers Berlingske and Weekendavisen have said they would publish the Nye Borgerlige advertisements, while Jyllands-Posten and Ekstra Bladet declined to, citing concerns for staff security.

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