Friday, September 21, 2007

Sweedish Muhammad drawings controversy: UPDATED 9/21/07

Lars Vilks

Another year, another Mohammed cartoon controversy. According to Wikipedia, the Örebro-based regional newspaper Nerikes Allehanda published a drawing by Lars Vilks that depected the prophet Mohammed at a dog. It was part an editorial that aimed to defend "Muslim's right of freedom of religion," the very same freedom that should permit the "ridicule Islam's most foremost symbols — just like all other religions' symbols."

Well, apparently Muslims don't have a sense of humor, because on August 25, a group of about 60 Muslims held a demonstration outside Nerikes Allehanda's office in Örebro to protest against the publication. Following the publication, the Swedish police has raised the security level around the newspaper's headquarters and some of its employees have been forced to use bodyguards after receiving death threats. Vilks himself has also received several death threats, and according to The Daily Cartoonist, has a $100,000 bounty on his head (an additional $50k if he’s beheaded).

UPDATE 9/21/07

Here's a video from Reuters with reporters speaking to Swedish newspaper cartoonist Lars Vilks, who says he's not concerned by reports al-Queda in Iraq has offered a reward for his murder.

Here are some links:

Swedish Cartoonist: It’s good to know how much one is worth
The Daily Cartoonist

Police halt Bangla protest over blasphemous cartoon
The Peninsula - Qatar's Leading English Daily

Turkish cartoonists condemn insulting sketch in Sweden
The Journal of Turkish Weekly

Cartoon Response to Demonstrators from Vilks's Weblog

Artist says Prophet picture meant to stir debate

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Muslims Against Sharia praise the courage of Lars Vilks, Ulf Johansson, Thorbjorn Larsson and the staff of Nerikes Allehanda and Dagens Nyheter and condemn threats issued by Abu Omar Al Baghdadi and the Islamic State of Iraq. Muslims Against Sharia will provide a payment of 100,000kr (about $15,000) for the information leading to capture or neutralization of Abu Omar Al Baghdadi.

Muslimer mot Sharia berömmer Lars Vilks, Ulf Johansson, Torbjörn Larsson och övriga anställda på Nerikes Allehanda och Dagens Nyheter för deras tapperhet och fördömer hotet från Abu Omar Al Baghdadi och Islamistiska Iraq. Muslimer mot Sharia betalar 100 000 SEK (ca 15 000$) för information som leder till gripande eller oskadligörande av Abu Omar Al Baghdadi.

Muslims Against Sharia

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