Friday, December 02, 2005

Denmark cartoonists with a bounty on their heads.

EU: Muslim group puts a bounty out and the Danish/Pakistani governments are not happy.

What began as a protest demonstration in Pakistani capital Islamabad two weeks ago, has ended in death threats and a price on the heads of a number of Danish illustrators who heeded the call of daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten to send in cartoons of Muslim prophet Mohammed. The newspaper published twelve of the cartoons in September, sparking angry reactions from Denmark's Muslim population and a number of Muslim countries. Daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende reported on Friday that a bounty of DKK 50,000 (EUR 7000) had been put on the head the cartoonist responsible for the drawings. The Pakistani group offering the reward mistakenly believes that the 12 cartoons were created by just one person. Danish Ambassador to Pakistan Bent Wigotski said the bounty had been promised by religious party Jamaate-Islami and its youth organisation, which had also demanded Danish representatives expelled from the country.

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