Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad cartoon, dies at 86

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picture captionDanish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard commonly acquired demise threats after the publication of the cartoon in 2005

Kurt Westergaard, a Danish cartoonist whose caricature of the Prophet Muhammad outraged many Muslims worldwide, has died at the age of 86.

He died after an extended sickness, his household advised the Berlingske newspaper on Sunday.

Westergaard was a cartoonist for the conservative Jyllands-Posten newspaper from the early Eighties.

He grew to become world well-known in 2005 for his controversial picture of the Prophet Muhammad within the newspaper.

He was behind essentially the most controversial one among 12 cartoons printed by the newspaper to make a degree about self-censorship and criticism of Islam. It confirmed the prophet carrying a turban within the form of a bomb.

Images of the Prophet Muhammad are taboo in Islamic custom and lots of Muslims thought-about the cartoons extraordinarily and intentionally offensive.

The cartoons led to protests in Denmark and throughout the Muslim world. Danish embassies have been attacked and dozens died within the riots that adopted.

The publication of the cartoons has left a long-lasting legacy. In 2015, 12 folks have been killed in an assault by Islamist militants on the places of work of French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, which had printed the cartoons.

Westergaard additionally acquired a number of demise threats and was a goal of assassination makes an attempt. He first went into hiding however then determined to reside overtly in a closely fortified residence.

In 2008, Danish authorities charged three folks with planning to homicide Westergaard. Two years later they caught a person armed with a knife breaking into his residence. Mohamed Geele was later convicted of tried homicide and terrorism and was jailed for 9 years.

In his later years, Westergaard needed to reside with a bodyguard at secret addresses.

Speaking to Reuters information company in 2008, Westergaard stated he had no regrets about his drawing.

media captionMany media organisations discovered methods of protecting the story with out displaying the cartoons

He stated the cartoon had generated “important” dialogue in regards to the place of Islam in Western nations with secular values.

“I would do it the same way (again) because I think that this cartoon crisis in a way is a catalyst which is intensifying the adaptation of Islam,” he stated.

“We are discussing the two cultures, the two religions as never before and that is important.”

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