Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad cartoon, dies

20 July 2021
Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad cartoon, dies


BBC Online :
Kurt Westergaard, a Danish cartoonist whose caricature of the Prophet Muhammad outraged many Muslims worldwide, has died at the age of 86.
He died after a long illness, his family told the Berlingske newspaper on Sunday.
Westergaard was a cartoonist for the conservative Jyllands-Posten newspaper from the early 1980s.
He became world famous in 2005 for his controversial image of the Prophet Muhammad in the newspaper.
He was behind the most controversial one of 12 cartoons published by the newspaper to make a point about self-censorship and criticism of Islam. It showed the prophet wearing a turban in the shape of a bomb.
Images of the Prophet Muhammad are taboo in Islamic tradition and many Muslims considered the cartoons extremely and deliberately offensive.

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