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Political Cartoons  


The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad Cartoon Controversy
By Cartoon: Stephane Peray, Thailand
Project: Cynthia Kirkeby, ClassBrain
Feb 15, 2006, 15:14 PST



© Stepahnie Peray, Thailand

Controversy rocked the political cartoonsist's world when violence broke out over twelve (12) editorial cartoons that were printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on September 30 ,2005. The cartoons depicted the prophet Muhammad in a way that followers of the Islamic faith consider blasphemous.


Questions to Ponder

Why were people of the Islamic faith upset?

Was it appropriate for the Danish newspaper to publish the cartoons or did they violate Danish law under "Section 140 of the Criminal Code [which] prohibits any person from publicly ridiculing or insulting the dogmas of worship of any lawfully existing religious community in Denmark. [And] Section 266b [which] criminalises the dissemination of statements or other information by which a group of people are threatened, insulted or degraded on account of their religion?"

What ethical and moral restraints, if any, should be placed on political cartoonists?

Do other countries have laws similar to Denmark's rules on ridiculing and insulting a religious group?

Are there other ways for cartoonists to address issues of the Islamic faith or the Muslim world without depicting Mohammad?


Learning Links

Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy
This special section devoted to this issue is extremely thorough and informative. This is a must read for anyone interested in the issue.
Source: Wikipedia

Islam
We’ve assembled various informational resources on the Islamic faith and its people, so that you can learn more about this world religion.
Source: ClassBrain

BBC joins cartoon controversy
Is news about the controversy as bad as the initial controvery?
Source: Guardian Unlimited

Many Cartoons Address Muslim Protests, But Few Depict Muhammad
"While many editorial cartoonists are taking up the Danish cartoon controversy, most are finding ways to avoid direct depictions of the Prophet Muhammad."
Source: Editor and Publisher


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