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Dutch Politician Revives Draw Mohammed Contest – update: Contest Ends, Winner Announced

Ignoring the violence, or the threat of violence, that has accompanied past events like it,
a Dutch politician is calling for another Draw Mohammed contest.

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has revived his plan to hold a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad, more than a year after cancelling such an event out of fear for attacks in the Netherlands.

In a tweet late on Saturday, Wilders called on people to send in their Muhammad cartoons.

“Freedom of speech must prevail over violence and Islamic fatwas,” the leader of the largest opposition party in the Dutch parliament wrote.

Wilders cancelled a similar contest in August last year after police arrested a man who had threatened to kill him over his plan.

The Guardian carries the story.

 

Update December 29, 2019

Hours after announcing a new Draw Mohammed contest Dutch politician Geert Wilders has declared a winner and the contest over.

From the Reuters report by way of the Montreal Gazette:

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said on Sunday he had ended a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad, only hours after announcing the contentious event.

In a tweet posted on Sunday morning, Wilders said international attention on the contest had enabled him to make a point about the importance of freedom of speech.

“Mission accomplished. End of contest,” he wrote above a picture of what he said was the winning drawing, depicting an angry-looking man with a beard.

Community Comments

#1 Mike Peterson
December/29/2019
@ 3:18 am

Iran periodically runs similar “contests” intended to inflame and insult.

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