Charlie Hebdo Denies Danish Party Permission to Publish Muhammad Cartoons Over ‘Wrong’ Values

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While two Danish newspapers agreed to publish the New Right’s ads featuring the Muhammad cartoons, the contrarian left French magazine declined the request due to a conflict of values

 

The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has declined a request by the Danish political party New Right to re-publish its cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad, the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported.

The newcomer to the Danish parliament, led by parliamentarian Pernille Vermund, sought to publish newspapers ads in Danish with the exact cartoons that were shown by French teacher Samuel Paty before he was beheaded in what the country’s president Emmanuel Macron has classified as a terrorist attack.

By Vermund’s own admission, this was intended in support of the victim’s family and the freedom of speech.

“The killing of Samuel Paty triggered the campaign, we want to show our support for his family and for freedom of speech,” Vermund explained.

Danish newspapers Berlingske and Weekendavisen responded affirmatively and agreed to publish the New Right’s advertisements. By contrast, Ekstra Bladet and Jyllands-Posten refused, despite in 2005 unleashing the Muhammad cartoons controversy by publishing caricatures of the principal figure of Islam. The newspaper then explained it was an attempt to contribute to the debate about criticism of Islam and self-censorship. Muslim in Denmark and across the world complained, starting violent demonstrations, riots and…

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