Swedish Newspapers Reprint Mohammed Cartoon

March 11, 2010

Author: Andrew Ward

Source: Financial Times


Leading Swedish newspapers yesterday published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog after the foiling of an alleged plot to kill the artist responsible for the drawing.

Seven people were detained in Ireland on Tuesday in connection with the alleged plan to murder Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who has been under threat from Islamic extremists since his caricature of Mohammed was first published in 2007.

The decision by three newspapers to republish the cartoon threatened to add fuel to a controversy that has flared intermittently since a Danish newspaper sparked uproar across the Muslim world in 2005 by publishing images of Mohammed, including one depicting him wearing a bomb as a turban.