Mohammed cartoonist accuses BBC of appeasing Muslim fanatics by not showing interview

Kurt Westergaard compared the BBC’s behaviour with the way countries tried to appease Hitler

The BBC has been accused of appeasement of radical Islam by the artist behind one of the infamous cartoons of Mohammed.

Kurt Westergaard claims the corporation’s decision not to air a recent interview with him came because they are petrified of upsetting Muslims extremists.

The cartoons that caused Muslims to riot, loot, issue threats, engage in hate speech, and so on…

Westergaard was one of the 12 cartoonists commissioned by the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005 to produce caricatures of the Muslim prophet.

Mr Westergaard, 73, gave his first-ever English interview to BBC journalist Malcolm Brabant four weeks ago.

It had been expected to go out on BBC World, the BBC News channel, across radio services and on its website. But the corporation has kept the report under wraps amid claims it is frightened that it will ‘inflame’ Muslims around the world.

Mr Westergaard told the Daily Mail last night: ‘I am disappointed on behalf of the freedom of speech. Every time you are afraid I think you make a step backwards. That is depressing me.’

He compared the BBC’s behaviour with the way countries tried to appease Hitler before the Second World War and added: ‘If you have an appeasement policy towards the radical Muslims then you are on a very wrong way and you have to start marching backwards.’

A BBC spokesman said last night: ‘No decision has been made yet. As and when one is, it will be based, as always, on editorial merit.’

– Source: Mohammed cartoonist accuses BBC of ‘appeasing Muslim fanatics by not showing interview’, Paul Revoir, Daily Mail, UK, Apr. 3, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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Our view:
Europe is not Islamic, and the people of Europe should hold on to their historic rights, values, and culture. People who follow a religion that clashes with those rights, values and cultures must practice their religion privately, without attempting to force others into living in accordance with the laws and practices of that religion.

European media should not stoop to the standards of political correctness, or bow to the pressure of militants and other interest groups. Instead, they should uphold the principles of free speech.

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