Muhammad Cartoonist Murder Plot Busted – Danish, French Press Takes a Stand

by 1389 on February 13, 2008

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Original Jyllands Posten issue with Mo-toons

News Roundup

The Mo-toons are back in the news – and it’s all about Islamic terrorism versus freedom of the press:

3 charged with plotting to kill Mohammed cartoonist

COPENHAGEN – Danish authorities arrested three people yesterday on charges of plotting a cartoonist’s assassination for his depiction of the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb-shaped turban that enraged Muslims two years ago.

Three of Denmark’s largest newspapers said they would reprint the cartoon today to show they would not be intimidated by fanatics. It was one of 12 Mohammed cartoons published in 2005 and then again in 2006 that led to protests in Muslim countries.

Investigators said they foiled the plot in its early stages in a pre-dawn raid in the western Denmark city of Aarhus. The police intelligence agency, PET, said two Tunisians and a Danish citizen of Moroccan origin were arrested.

“The case shows that, unfortunately, there are in Denmark groups of extremists that do not accept and respect the basic principles on which the Danish democracy has been built,” Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that the plotters may be getting away with little more than a slap on the wrist.

Denmark: 3 Arrests in Cartoonist Plot

Associated Press Writer

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago.

Two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin were arrested in pre-dawn raids in western Denmark, the police intelligence agency said.

The Dane was suspected of violating Danish terror laws but likely would be released after questioning as the investigation continues, said Jakob Scharf, the head of the PET intelligence service. The two Tunisians would be expelled from Denmark, he said

Danish newspapers stand up for freedom

Danish newspapers reprint controversial Mohammed cartoon

COPENHAGEN (AFP) — Several Danish newspapers reprinted on Wednesday a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed that caused bloody riots in the Islamic world two years ago, a move that prompted Iran to angrily summon Denmark’s ambassador.

Three of Denmark’s biggest dailies were among 17 that published the cartoon, vowing to defend freedom of expression a day after police foiled a plot to murder the cartoonist.

The caricature, which featured the prophet’s head with a turban that looked like a bomb with a lit fuse, was one of 12 cartoons published in September 2005 by the Jyllands-Posten daily.

The controversy sparked violent protests in a number of Muslim countries in January and February 2006 that culminated with the torching of Danish diplomatic offices in Damascus and Beirut and the death of dozens of people in Nigeria, Libya and Pakistan.

French papers lend their support

FR: Cartoons 1 : Muhammad 0

Spiegel Online – 16. February 2007

DANISH CARICATURES ON TRIAL IN FRANCE. A French republication of the controversial Muhammad cartoons from Denmark has led to a fierce legal battle. But France’s politicians — in a year when some of them are running for president — are clearly on the side of satire … By Stefan Simons

France’s satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was taken to court by Islamic groups in France for reprinting the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Sales shot from 60,000 to 400,000.

The style of debate was intellectually on a par with that of any literary salon; the legal arguments will be sure to enter the canon of every lawyer’s professional training; and the appearances made by high-ranking representatives of science and politics were often reminiscent of high theater. When Muslim organizations sued French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, everyone posed — in unexpected ways — as defenders of this or that French tradition. ()

Norwegian papers, on the other hand…

Norwegian press won’t touch “Mohammad” cartoons

Norway’s major newspapers have no plans to publish the controversial “Mohammad Cartoons”, following the decision by Denmark’s leading newspapers to reprint them today

The cartoons depict the Prophet Mohammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban, a move that irritated Muslim leaders.

The Danish papers said they wanted to show their firm commitment to freedom of speech after Tuesday’s arrest in Denmark of three people accused of plotting to kill the man who drew the cartoon.

More coverage:

Danish Mohammed Cartoons:
Murder plot against Kurt Westergaard

Murder plot against Danish cartoonist
(Jyllands-Posten, English article)

Early Tuesday morning, Danish police arrested several people with a Muslim background suspected of conspiring to kill Kurt Westergaard, a Danish cartoonist with Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten.

Apparently the would-be murderers are two Tunisians (who will be deported) and a 40-year old Danish citizen of Moroccan descent, who’ll be released after interrogation. The police have known about the plans for at least 3 months:

Interview with artist. Running from murder plans

(Danish text, my translation):

“When I came home, three bodyguards were standing with guns. We were told that we could do whatever we wanted. As long as we disappeared from our homes.”

[. . .] the threat has never been as concrete as the information that the Security and Intelligence Service (PET) brought to him 3 months ago: “They want to kill you. They will do it here in your home. They know where you live. And they know your home well enough that they have been able to draw a basic plan over the design of the house.”

‘I Don’t Fear for My Life’

Spiegel February 13 2008

Viby: Authorities in Denmark have foiled what came close to becoming the first assassination of one of the cartoonists behind the 2006 Muhammad caricature scandal. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to Flemming Rose, the editor responsible for commissioning the caricatures in Jyllands-Posten, who has also been the subject of death threats.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Rose, today three man were arrested who are suspected of having planned the murder (more…) of Muhammad cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Are you surprised that, two years after the Muhammad cartoon crisis, there are still people under threat?

Flemming Rose: Unfortunately it doesn’t come as a surprise to me. I have known about the threat for a while and last year three young men were convicted of conspiring to plan a terrorist act somewhere in Denmark. Part of their plan was also to attack Jyllands-Posten. And in the first phase of their planning, they also discussed killing me. ()

But wait, there’s more!

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1 Gramfan February 13, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Let’s hope common sense and free-speech prevail.

2 Chris Cree February 14, 2008 at 8:41 am

That’s one interesting difference between faiths.

Islam compels it’s adherents to defend the honor and pride of the founder of their faith, whereas Christianity doesn’t.

Christians see Jesus as strong enough to care for his own reputation.

Personally I don’t want to follow a leader who is so weak he needs me to defend him all the time.

3 Spirit Wolf February 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm


It’s pretty sad that people get so caught up in superstitious BS that they are more than willing to riot and kill over a cartoon of some stupid guy who lived and died over 1,000 years ago. I’m sick to death of hearing about “people of religion” (whether Muslim, Sikh, or Christian) trying to control what the rest of us read, write, draw, think, see, do or say, and I’m especially sick of them demanding special dispensation for their superstitious idiocy. These people must be stopped in their tracks with a good firm slap on the muzzle, and not acquiesed to or given exemptions to laws and rules.

For more Mohammed cartoons, see:

4 Vasilis Kirikos September 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Islam and its adherents remind me too much of Jim Jones and other cult leaders who taught their followers to kill themselves…Jones too, it turned out, hated Christians as does islam. It was reported that while preaching to his followers Jones took a Bible, through it on the ground and began to kick and step on it. Jones was no Christian.
The teaching of Jim Jones, Charles Manson, Heaven’s Gate (an American UFO cult based in San Diego, California) led by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles, and of course Muhammad’ islam, are the products of mad men with a following…Humans do strange things…some how those people could convince others to willingly commit suicide. Unfortunately, Muhammad is the only one I know about that has influenced others to commit suicide long after his death. Too bad they just don’t simply kill themselves and leave the rest of us alone!
These people all witnessed to themselves. Our Lord taught us not to depend on the witness of a single individual; especially if they witness to themselves. It was others who reported the miracles of our Lord; and NOT our Lord who never witnessed to Himself as did the so called “prophet” of islam. Muhammed and his cult of hate and intolerance for others have nothing in common with Christianity.

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