The Danish newspaper which sparked violent protests around the world after publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005 refused to do so again, its editor commenting: “Violence works”.
The move follows the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty in Paris for showing similar drawings to students in his class and another attack yesterday in Nice in which three people were killed near a church, including a woman beheaded.
The culprit in Paris was a Chechen refugee who was given residency papers by French authorities in March, while the jihadist from Nice was a migrant boat that arrived in Italy from Tunisia last month.
Now Jacob Nybroe, editor of Jyllands-Posten, says his newspaper will not accept advertisements from the Danish New Right political party, which includes cartoons of Mohammad, due to the risk of backlash.
The cartoons are being released in conjunction with Charlie Hebdo to “show their support for victims of Islamic violence,” but Nybroe says his newspaper can play no role in it.
“Security for us is unfortunately not a theoretical, moral or political consideration,” Nybroe said.
“I wish it was different, that we could express ourselves freely, as we do in all other areas. But violence works, ”he added.
“Only in one circumstance are we being cautious – it is, in fact, censorship inflicted on us by threats: we do not show pictures of the Prophet Muhammad,” Nybroe explained.
After Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons to spark a debate on criticism of Islam, the move sparked violent riots around the world as well as numerous threats against newspaper staff.
The backlash was described by former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as “Denmark’s worst international crisis since World War II”.
Three other Danish newspapers said they would review the cartoons before deciding to publish them.
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