Dutch cartoonist arrested in discrimination case

16th May 2008, Comments 7 comments

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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3 Comments To This Article

  • john doe posted:

    on 16th May 2008, 23:36:43 - Reply

    This cartoonist has exercised his right to free expression and produced work that can be deemed offensive or insulting to Christians,Jews and Muslims. But they only arrest him when he 'insults' Muslims. This is outrageous and if this surrendering to Muslim demands continues there will be a civil war. Nobody has the right not to be offended and when non-Muslims realise the arrogant and supremacist game the Muslims are playing, they will fight back and hopefully elect someone into power who is willing to defend their culture and not humiliate themselves and betray their people by brown nosing the Islamofascists.
  • zap12 posted:

    on 16th May 2008, 23:26:27 - Reply

    The Dutch are shit scared! They are in big whole and the stupid left just keeps digging. Once the Muslims have 10% of the population they can manipulate the political system. Guess what they passed that number in 2000, hence the arrest, go figure.
  • john doe posted:

    on 16th May 2008, 16:16:23 - Reply

    Why not insult Muslims? they insult us with their beliefs....hatred of the infidels. It's not a crime to insult neo-Nazis or the KKK or Scientologists or any other whacko cults. And make no mistake, Islam is a cult and a dangerous one. So to arrest this guy for insulting Muslims is an insult to free speech and an act of appeasement.