A Danish minister responsible for immigration and integration has shared a screenshot of the background of her iPad which is an image of one of the famous Mohammad cartoons that sparked uproar in the Muslim world over a decade ago.
Inger Støjberg, a hardline opponent of uncontrolled immigration, shared the image on Facebook, whilst reiterating her commitment to free expression after a museum decided to censor the images.
The Skovgaard Museum in Viborg, Denmark, chose not to include the drawing in a new exhibition about blasphemy since the Reformation, despite its obvious relevance to the topic.
“It is the museum’s own choice and they have their full right to do it, but I think it’s a shame,” Ms. Støjberg captioned the image, adding: “Honestly, I think we should be proud of the Mohammad cartoons.”
The publication of the image – of the Muslim prophet with a bomb in his turban – in a newspaper sparked the so-called “Danish cartoon controversy” in 2005.
Violent protests and riots erupted across the Muslim world, leaving around 50 people dead and sparking a debate in the West around free speech, self-censorship, and violence in Islam.
“I personally have (artist) Kurt Westergaard’s famous drawing as the background on my iPad,” Ms. Stojberg continued in her Facebook post…