Dutch cartoonist arrested in discrimination case
The internet cartoonist, Gregorius Nekschot, was arrested for publishing cartoons that are considered insulting to people of colour.16 May 2008
AMSTERDAM - After a lengthy investigation by the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office, Amsterdam police detained a cartoonist on Tuesday in connection with the publication of cartoons that could be considered insulting or discriminatory towards Muslims or people of colour.
The cartoonist, who works under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot and chiefly publishes on the internet, was released on Wednesday. The artist's home was also searched and material was seized.
The arrest follows a complaint made by an imam against the cartoonist, who has concealed his identity in order to avoid unnecessary risks since 2005.
On Thursday evening, Democrat 66 MP Boris van der Ham called on Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin to provide an explanation for the arrest.
Van der Ham says that although the cartoonist is seen as "extremely controversial", many issues and questions have been raised by this week's events.
text by Radio Netherlands / Expatica
cartoon by Gregorius Nekschot
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