Firebombed French weekly 'not alone:' Danish cartoon paper

2nd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, publishers of the infamous Prophet Mohammed cartoons, expressed solidarity Wednesday with a French weekly likely firebombed for printing similar drawings.

"I have today sent a message of sympathy to the publisher and the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo," Lars Munch, who heads the media group that owns Jyllands-Posten, said in an interview published on the paper's online edition.

"I remember very clearly all the messages we ourselves received in connection with the Mohammed case," he said, referring to the deadly protests across the Muslim world and the numerous threats and attack plots against Jyllands-Posten after it published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on September 30, 2005.

Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, 76, who drew the most controversial of the caricatures, featuring Mohammed wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse, has also been the victim of a violent murder attempt and has faced numerous death threats.

"It means a lot that one doesn't feel alone in that situation," Munch said, stressing that "it is terrible and completely unacceptable that a medium's freedom of expression is threatened with violence."

His comments came after the offices of the French satirical newspaper were destroyed in a suspected firebomb attack Wednesday in what appeared to be linked to the publication of its special Arab Spring edition with the Prophet Mohammed on the cover as "guest editor."

Charlie Hebdo had renamed the weekly newspaper Charia (Sharia) Hebdo for the occasion and featured a front-page cartoon of the prophet saying: "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!"

© 2011 AFP

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