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Danish newspaper reprints Charlie Hebdo cartoons on Islam

The managing editor of Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading newspaper, said it also plans to republish the cartoons

Danish newspaper reprints Charlie Hebdo cartoons on Islam
Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, during an attack on the offices of the newspaper.

The Danish newspaper Berlingske has republished cartoons on Islamic themes from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, as part of its coverage of the attack which killed 12 people in Paris on Wednesday.

The Thursday print edition of Berlingske, available online on Wednesday night, showed several past front pages from the French magazine. Among them was one depicting the Prophet Mohammad and another about sharia law.

Such images provoked angry reactions from some Muslims when originally published by Charlie Hebdo, and footage of the Wednesday killings at the magazine's offices showed gunmen shouting "we have avenged the Prophet Mohammad".

Berlingske's Editor in Chief Lisbeth Knudsen said her newspaper's action in republishing the cartoons was not a protest.

"We will print them as documentation of what kind of a magazine it was that has been hit by this terrible event," Knudsen told news agency BNB.

The managing editor of Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading newspaper, said in a video editorial on Wednesday that his daily would also republish Charlie Hebdo's cartoons.

When another Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, in 2005 published 12 cartoons by various artists, most of which depicted the Prophet Mohammad, it sparked a wave of protests across the Muslim world in which at least 50 died.

The media group JP/Politikens Hus, which controls Jyllands-Posten, stepped up security after the attack in Paris on Wednesday.

Omar 4 years ago

There are a lot of factors that can drive people to commit extremely barbaric acts. Whether its laid off postal workers, bullied school kids, or members of religious minorities, emphasis needs to be placed on the causative factors that lead them to such acts.

That said it is my personal opinion that whilst we all support free speech, some "free Speech" can be disrespectful, and incite hatred.
Republishing what in effect is disrespectful and insulting cartoons (politely terms "lampoons") is not the way to demonstrate commitment to free speech. I find it disappointing that the concerned governments, whilst reiterating their commitment to free speech do not also mention that such cartoons are distasteful and hateful towards a particular religion. Why do they immediately do so if the "lampoon" is against the Jewish religion...antisemitism!! Clearly these hypocritical double standards are a major part of the problem.

AV 4 years ago

That's not cool. Why add more oil to the fire.

Doug 4 years ago

Except of course, Omar, Charlie Hebdo also frequently printed cartoons making fun of Jews as well. That's one of the ironies in this - it wasn't just Muslims who were offended by Charlie Hebdo, it was Catholics, Jews, protestants, left-wing, right-wing. The problem which people in this part of the world don't seem to understand is that freedom of speech does not protect people's right to not be offended. If you start saying 'you can't say this or draw that because it'll upset that person', then you don't have freedom of speech. If Muslims (or anyone else) felt offended by the content of Charlie Hebdo, they could easily go to the police and launch a case.
Otherwise, what's left? Everyone in the West has to be extra-nice to Muslims in case they start mass-murdering unarmed people? That's hardly a perception I would imagine most Muslims would want for themselves.

Uncommon Breed 4 years ago

@ Omar - The magazine has ridiculed and belittled other religions more than it has done so to Islam. The difference is not what was said about the Muslims, but rather our reactions that have become so synonymous with our religion.

Everyone obviously knows that the culprits behind the attacks are of a different and more extreme nature, but the average Muslim immediately comes out to protest depicting hatred and anger at issues that are relatively insignificant.

Let us the common and average Muslims remain humble, peaceful and most importantly tolerant. It is up to us to personify our religion in a manner we would like others to see it. Let's start by pointing out that what these people did was unarguably WRONG.

Billy 4 years ago

Sir, I take my hat off to you for your common sense and attitude. I wish more Muslims were as sensible and Islamic as you are. It is time for all the average normal Muslims like you to take back control of how the world perceives you and that can only be done if you all condemn without condition these acts of barbarism that right now are the brand image of your religion. If you ask anyone around the world for a word association with the Islamic faith I guarantee they would not come forth with tolerance, understanding, peaceful, humble etc which are the true values of your faith. The radicals have hijacked your image. Time to take it back.

HRH His Excellency Dr Paul 4 years ago

The cartoons might be disrespectful and offend muslims. But they do not injure, kill or encourage others to do that.

However, there are other publications - books which have been in print for many years - which encourage readers to commit violence towards others simply for causing offence.

So if we are questioning freedom of speech, let's start with the books that exhort readers to commit violence, and work on those before banning cartoons that offend people.

Calvin Pinto 4 years ago

You cant have a system where you accept fancies of everyone who gets offended. Look at my country , India. With a populous of over 1.3 billion, you are bound to offend someone. we call ourselves a "vibrant & tolerant" democracy and are open to ban anything from movies, music, books etc. at a push of a button.

No one is forcing you to read or watch something you dont like or support.

WHJ 4 years ago

@ Doug. And yet when Maurice Sinet, who worked for the very same Charlie Hebdo, mocked Sarkozy junior back in 2009 for his alleged conversion to Judaism in preparation for his impending betrothal to a Jewish heiress, Sinet was faced with antisemitism charges in addition to charges of "inciting racial hatred", and was subsequently dismissed!!

SA1 4 years ago

So does it means, people in west are free to mock / make offensive cartoons of those who died in the attack??

Will the mainstream media publish such offensive cartoons?

I am sure you or a western mind will come up many excuses of why it cannot be published.

So why those dear to us, who are dead and no longer with us are okay to be made fun of.?

sa1 4 years ago

Many mainstream news papers are now republishing these offensive cartoons.

I do hope if next time there is some attack on a porn-magazine, they will republish the porns on their front page.

Does the western definition of freedom of expression /speech excludes Porn from mainstream?...or maybe the downward degradation of their values will make Porn mainstream too in coming years.