3 Danish Papers Reprint Cartoon of Muhammad

After arrests, country's leading dailies stand behind artist
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 6:10 AM CST
A man walks past the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper Tuesday Feb. 12, 2008. Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After yesterday's arrest of three men allegedly plotting to kill a Danish cartoonist, the country's three largest newspapers all reprinted the offending cartoon, Bloomberg reports. Kurt Westergaard's controversial depiction of the prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban was originally printed in 2005 by Jyllands-Posten, which reproduced it again today. 

Berlingske Tidende, the country's oldest newspaper, had shied from initially printing the cartoon but defended its decision to do so today, saying in an editorial that the drawing was published "to document what's at stake and as unambiguous support for the freedom of expression." The Danish foreign ministry has said it is closely monitoring the reaction to the republication of Westergaard's cartoon.