Dutch Official Revives Cartoon Fight
Posted on May 4, 2010
The Danish cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad inspired more than death threats. A Dutch cartoon mocking the Holocaust was published in response and the group responsible was taken to court for being offensive.
The Arab European League won in court, mainly because the group said its Holocaust cartoon was meant to show unfairness in the prosecution of speech. The judge ruled that in that context the cartoon had to be allowed.
Now a Dutch prosecutor, unwilling to let the tat in this back and forth go, is appealing the acquittal.
Reuters via Yahoo:
The Dutch public prosecutor has appealed against a court ruling acquitting a Muslim group of insulting Jews with a cartoon suggesting they invented the Holocaust, in a case testing the bounds of free speech.
The court ruled last month the cartoon published by the Arab European League (AEL) showed “bad taste” and was “exceptionally offensive,” but it acquitted the group on charges it insulted Jews because of the context in which the cartoon was published.
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