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Kurt Westergaard (born July 13, 1935) is a Danish cartoonist who created the controversial cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban. This cartoon was the most contentious of the 12 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, which were met with strong and sometimes violent reactions from Muslims worldwide.

Mohammad cartoon

Though Westergaard is a professional cartoonist, a single cartoon, of the Muslim prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban, made his career. This cartoon was the most contentious of the 12 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons.

In a 2009 interview, Westergaard said he was trying to "show that terrorists get their spiritual ammunition from parts of Islam and with this spiritual ammunition, and with dynamite and other explosives, they kill people."

Following the release of Dutch politician Geert Wilders' film Fitna, which used Westergaard's cartoon without permission, Westergaard made a cartoon depicting Wilders with a bomb and a sign which reads: "Danger! Freedom of expression".

Subsequent Statements

In an interview with Jonathan Kay of the National Post in October 2009, Westergaard stated that he has been shunned by many of his former friends, stating that: "One of my old friends from the left, he said last year to me ‘There are many who say that if something happens to [you], you were asking for it' -- that it would be my own fault." Westergaard also criticized the reaction of immigrant communities in Denmark to his cartoons, stating that "many of the immigrants who came to Denmark, they had nothing. We gave them everything - money, apartments, their own schools, free university, health care. In return, we asked one thing - respect for democratic values, including free speech. Do they agree? This is my simple test."

Security arrangements

On February 12, 2008, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service PET announced the arrest of three people — two Tunisiansmarker and one Moroccanmarker-born Dane — who were charged with planning to murder Westergaard.

When at home in Denmark, Westergaard is placed under constant police surveillance by the Danish secret service. His house is fitted with steel doors, a panic room, reinforced glass in the windows and surveillance cameras.

HeadLey and Copenhagen

After the arrest of Headley and additional individuals purportedly plotting to kill the editor of the same newspaper in 2009, it has come to light that individuals were all American informants and in service to various international authorities. Additionally, these same institutions are instigating additional concerns to support publicity for the Climate Change conference in Copenhagenmarker in December, 2009.

Awards

Kurt Westergaard has been awarded the Sappho Award, an award given by the Free Press Society in Denmarkmarker to a 'journalist who combines excellence in his work with courage and a refusal to compromise'.

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Notes

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  2. Jonathan Kay on Kurt Westergaard, free speech, and leftist refuseniks by Jonathan Kay, National Post, October 5, 2009.
  3. http://Platinum-II.IN
  4. Jyllands Posten, Danish Newspaper
  5. Jyllands Posten, Danish Newspaper


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