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German prize for Danish cartoonist
Berlin, Sept 7 (Agencies):
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Published on 7 Sep. 2010 9:35 PM IST
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Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who in 2005 portrayed the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban, is to receive the M100 Media Prize in Germany Wednesday, organisers said.
According to DPA report, the prize is to be awarded for Westergaard’s “unbending engagement for freedom of the press and freedom of opinion, and for his courage to defend these democratic values despite threats of death and violence,” the prize committee said.
Westergaard’s cartoon, published along with other portrayals of Mohammed in the Jyllands-Posten in 2005, caused a storm of protest when they became known in the Arab and Muslim world. Many took offence at the personal and disrespectful portrayal of the prophet.
The Mohammed cartoon scandal came to represent a struggle between values of press-freedom and respect for religion. Westergaard has received numerous death-threats and remains under police protection.
In January 2010 a Somali man entered Westergaard’s house and attempted to attack him with an axe. The 75-year-old was rescued by police.

 
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