Police Thwart Plot to Kill Mohammed Cartoonists
Posted on February 13, 2008Several Danish newspapers have reprinted the Mohammed cartoons that caused an uproar in the Islamic world two years ago. The reprint comes after an attempt was made to murder one of the cartoonists. This attempt was stopped by Denmark police.
Denmark's leading newspapers reprinted a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, a day after three men were arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the cartoonist whose work had spurred deadly protests in the Muslim world.MSNBC says three suspected terrorists were arrested - two Tunisians and a Danish citizen of Moroccan origin. PET chief Jakob Scharf stated the arrests were to prevent a "terror-related assassination of one of the cartoonists behind the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad." The Telegraph's story says it was five people who were arrested. You can see the cartoon here on Wikinews.
The papers said they wanted to show their firm commitment to freedom of speech after Tuesday's arrests in western Denmark.
The Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which first published 12 depictions of Muhammad on Sept. 30, 2005, reprinted Kurt Westergaard's cartoon in its Wednesday edition. Several other major dailies also reprinted the drawing, which shows Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse.