Dutch cartoonist guilty of discrimination

19th May 2008, Comments 5 comments

Dutch prosecutors say that Gregorius Nekschot has produced at least eight cartoons that violate Dutch anti-discrimination legislation.

19 May 2008

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch public prosecution said Friday that a Dutch cartoonist going by the name Gregorius Nekschot has produced at least eight cartoons that violate Dutch anti-discrimination legislation and that incite people to commit violence.

The eight cartoons have meanwhile been removed from the internet, the statement said.

The public prosecutor however refrained from indicating whether or not Nekschot - Dutch for "shot in the neck" - would be charged and prosecuted.

Police arrested the cartoonist on Wednesday and released him a day later. During his time in custody, the police searched his home and confiscated his work.

The police studied dozens of cartoons in an attempt to investigate whether the cartoonist had violated Dutch anti-discrimination legislation.

The police also tracked down the man transferring money to Nekschot on a monthly basis to finance the cartoonists' website www.gregoriusnekschot.nl.

The arrest of the cartoonist and search for his sponsor follows an investigation by the public prosecutor after imam Abdul Jabbar van de Ven, a well-known Dutch convert to Islam, filed a complaint about Nekschot's cartoons in 2005.

Nekschot publishes primarily on the internet. On his website he claimed he took refuge in the internet as his main platform because Dutch print media refused to publish his work.

His website divides his work over more than ten categories, including "science" and "modern life", but even in those categories most of his cartoons feature Muslims and black people.

[dpa / Expatica]

5 Comments To This Article

  • Jay posted:

    on 25th June 2008, 12:26:42 - Reply

    Freedom of Speech is ALWAYS an about defending the rights of people you DON'T agree with!
    This perspective should enlighten BOTH sides of the argument!
  • wordsofpower posted:

    on 20th May 2008, 04:29:39 - Reply

    Netherlanders fight back! The Islamic menace is just as insidious as the Nazi menace. Muslims are telling you what they will do to your society, your women, homosexuals, freedom of speech. What else do you have to know? Ignoring this problem will not make it go away. Go to the Mosques. Tell the Imans what you will not tolerate. Put them on notice. Failure will mean that you have surrendered the rights and freedoms that your ancestors held so sacred!
  • Caveat Lector posted:

    on 19th May 2008, 21:53:23 - Reply

    If Gregorius Nekschot (not that I think his cartoons are that good or polite) was arrested for satirical cartoons which, according to the public prosecutor, "incite people to commit violence" why is not his accuser, imam Abdul Jabbar van de Ven, who said on national television "he hoped anti-immigration populist Geert Wilders would soon die", which is basically inflaming Musilms to go out and do just that, not also arrested (by 10 police the same as were used for Gregorius Nekschot) and charged with inciting hate crimes.


    a) Double standards
    b) Fear of upsetting the religion of the 'perpetually offended'

  • Michael Kadin posted:

    on 19th May 2008, 20:24:27 - Reply

    If he is are is or to be prosecuted why is Wilders not?
  • john doe posted:

    on 19th May 2008, 14:01:25 - Reply

    I see you've deleted a number of comments. Cowards and shame on you!