Ambassadors of Muslim Countries Complain to Dutch Prime Minister About Muhammad Cartoon

October 20, 2005

Source: BBC News

On October 20, 2005 BBC News reported, "The ambassadors of 10 Muslim countries have complained to the Danish prime minister about a major newspaper's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. A letter from the ambassadors said the cartoons published in Jyllands-Posten last month showed the Prophet as a stereotypical fundamentalist. Pictorial depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are forbidden in Islam. A Danish government spokesman said Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was preparing a response. Danish Muslim community leaders who held talks with Mr Rasmussen in July complained about press coverage of Islam. At the time, he said he could not tell newspapers what to print - or what not to. On Thursday, the Jyllands-Posten reported that two illustrators who produced the cartoons had received death threats."