When a Danish newspaper published cartoons that depicted ‘prophet’ Muhammad, many Muslims became enraged.

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Denmark convicts Muslim terrorists of bomb plot against cartoonist

A Danish court has found four men guilty for planning a bomb attack on a newspaper for its publication of satirical cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005.

Russia’s TV Novosti reports

The four were Muslim residents in Sweden and were arrested in December 2010, just days before the attack was planned. They had been under surveillance by Swedish and Danish intelligence agencies.

The men have pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism and each face a potential 16-year jail sentence. One of them had pleaded guilty to the possession of illegal weapons.

Danish police had said the attack on the Copenhagen offices of Jyllands-Posten newspaper was planned “to kill as many as possible.”

The Copenhagen newspaper was the first to publish political cartoons satirizing the Prophet Mohammad. One of the cartoons showed him wearing a bomb as a turban.

The publication was greeted with international furor, sparking riots in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The 12 cartoons published in the Jyllands-Posten

Muslim extremists around the world rioted, issued threats and engaged in hate speech in response to the publication of the cartoons — thereby themselves perpetuating the image many people have of Islam as a violent and intolerant religion.

The BBC says

Jyllands-Posten’s publication of the cartoons of Muhammad sparked riots in Muslim countries.

Munir Awad, Omar Abdallah Aboelazm and Munir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, a Tunisian citizen, were picked up by police on 29 December 2010 at a flat near Copenhagen.

Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti was arrested a day later after crossing into Sweden, then extradited back to Denmark.

A machine-gun with a silencer, a pistol and 108 bullets, and rolls of duct tape were among items found in the men’s possession when they were arrested.

According to the Associated Press

Surveillance recordings played during the trial showed the four men meeting in Stockholm and discussing martyrdom, the Jyllands-Posten newspaper and what they should do — kill as many people as possible inside the building housing the paper and take one hostage. The recordings also revealed them discussing what to do about women and children.

At a prayer service in Denmark before their arrest, the men were heard on a surveillance tape saying “when you meet the infidels, cut their throats.”

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French satirical newspaper firebombed after prophet Mohammed announcement

The offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, a day after it named the Prophet Mohammed as its “editor-in-chief” for this week’s issue.

The Telegraph reports

The fiercely anti-clerical magazine said the move, which included renaming the publication “Sharia Hebdo”, was intended to “celebrate” the victory of Islamist party Ennhada in Tunisia’s election.

Charlie Hedbo’s editor-in-chief, known as Charb, told France Info radio: “We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed or has melted.”

No injuries have been reported.

A single Molotov cocktail was thrown at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris’s 20th arrondissement at around 1am. The ensuing fire was rapidly put out, but a large amount of material in the office was destroyed, police said.

This report on a Muslim hate crime against free speech is available in French only

“We cannot, today, put together a paper,” said Charb. “But we will do everything possible to do one next week. Whatever happens, we’ll do it. There is no question of giving in,” he said, adding that the magazine is filing a legal complaint against persons unkown. […]

According to Europe 1 radio, police are searching for two suspects seen near the scene.

Charlie Hebdo’s website has also been hacked with a message in English and Turkish cursing the magazine.

The message said: “You keep abusing Islam’s almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech.

“Be God’s curse upon you!”

Editor Charb said the attackers could not even have read the offending magazine.

“The arsonists haven’t read this paper, nobody knows what’s in the paper except those who buy it this morning. People are reacting violently to a paper without knowing anything of its contents, that’s what’s most abhorrent and stupid,” he told BFM TV.

The publication, historically famous for pillorying Catholic clericalism, was criticised by Muslims in 2007 after reprinting the Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammad that caused outrage around the Islamic world.

Charb said the magazine had received “quite a few letters of protest, threats, insults” on Twitter and Facebook before the attack, but not as many as in 2007.

It is the policy of Religion News Blog to publish news article about crimes committed in the name of Islam under the topic, ‘Hate Groups.’

We call on civilized countries to prosecute to the fullest extend of the law those who, in the name of Islam, try to suppress the freedom of others — including the right to free speech.

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Jordan to try Danish artist over Mohammed cartoon

Muslim terrorism Danish artist Kurt Westergaard, known for his controversial caricature of the Prophet Mohammed, said Friday he had not been informed of a trial against him in Jordan and said he would in any case not attend.

“I have not done anything illegal in Denmark. I only did my job and I will always defend the right to freedom of expression,” he said, reiterating meanwhile that he had “never had the intention to offend Muslims and their faith with my caricature.” [Read more...]

Police Arrest 5 Muslims in Danish Terror Plot

Muslim terrorism A group of men arrested in Denmark on Wednesday were about to mount a “Mumbai style” attack on the Danish newspaper that ignited Muslim fury around the world by publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, the head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service said.

The men had been under surveillance for months, and were among 200 radicals identified in a recent Swedish intelligence report, according to intelligence sources in Scandinavia. [Read more...]

Danish book about the Muhammad cartoons controversy goes ahead despite the usual threats

A book about the publication of cartoons in Denmark that angered Muslims by showing images of the Prophet Muhammad will be released despite recent terror threats, the publisher said Wednesday.

“The book will come out as planned,” said Karsten Blauert, of Jyllands-Posten Editions.

The book, titled “The Tyranny of Silence,” is due out Thursday, five years to the day after the cartoons first appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Our take: Good for them! People in the civilized world can not allow a bunch of barbarians, who claims to act in the name of their religion, to violate their freedom with threats of violence and other acts of terrorism. [Read more...]

Norway Says Three Planned Attack Over Cartoons

The Norwegian police said Tuesday that three suspected militants [Islam-inspired terrorists] arrested in July had been planning an attack on a Danish newspaper whose publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in 2005 ignited fury in much of the Muslim world the following year.

The claimed link to the cartoons in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper underscored the enduring impact of the 12 drawings as a focal point of militant action. Earlier this month, Danish police said a Chechen boxer had been planning to send a letter bomb to the same newspaper when the explosives went off accidentally at a hotel in Copenhagen. [Read more...]