Our Danish correspondent TB has translated two more articles from the Danish-language media about the recently foiled plot to murder the Motoon artist Kurt Westergaard.
The first is from Berlingske Tidende:
Papers to reprint controversial Mohammed drawing
The three big Danish newspapers Jyllands-Posten, Politiken and Berlingske Tidende will all print Kurt Westergaard’s controversial Mohammed drawing again Wednesday.
Jyllands-Posten, Politiken and Berlingske Tidende will all print the controversial drawing of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban. It will be the first time that Berlingske has printed the drawing.
The chief editors of Politiken and Berlingske are deeply disturbed over the plans to murder Kurt Westergaard, and declare themselves ready to fight for free debate.
“We in the Danish media must send a clear and unambiguous signal to all who get the same insane idea as those who wanted to attack Kurt Westergaard,” says the editor of Berlingske Tidende, Lisbeth Knudsen, to jp.dk.
When the Mohammed drawings were published in November 2005, the editors of Berlingske Tidende chose not to print them at that time. In those days there was, according to Lisbeth Knudsen, not enough of a journalistic reason to publish the drawings.
Sticks to planned exhibition of drawings
Below the picture it says:
The murder threats against Kurt Westergaard, who drew Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, do not make the Museum of Media in Odense change their plans to have an exhibition about freedom of speech next year.
The recent incident of murder threats against a cartoonist does not change the plans to exhibit the Mohammed drawings next year in The Media Museum in Odense as part of an exhibition about freedom of speech.
And the museum will stick to that plan, the managing director Ervin Nielsen says to DR Fyn.
“If we did not do it, we would fail, because this is what our job is all about,” says Ervin Nielsen, who is not afraid to create a new Mohammed crisis with Odense as its center.
“The drawings will be part of a bigger context along with other examples that focus on freedom of expression, so it will not only be the Mohammed drawings that will be in the spotlight,” he says.
Denmark’s Media Museum, which is located on Brandts in Odense, plans a special exhibition about freedom of expression for the autumn of 2009.