The Muhammed Cartoons Controversy

Timeline of events

  • Septeber 17, 2005: Danish newspaper Politiken reports a writer failed to find an artist for a book about Mohamed because of fear of reprisals. Seeing this as a censorship issue, Jyllands Posten called for images of the prophet
  • September 30 2005: Jyllands Posten published the 12 pictures they received to illustrate an article about censorship. They immediately receive death threats
  • October 27, 2005: Danish Muslim groups file a criminal complaint against Jyllands-Posten
  • December 6, 2005: Danish Muslim leaders and imams travel to Mecca to stir up a reaction among Muslim Leaders
  • January 7, 2005: Prosecutors decide there is no case to answer against Jyllands-Posten
  • January 10, 2006: Norwegian magazine, Magazinet, reprints the cartoons to show solidarity with Jyllands Posten
  • January 12, 2006: Danish Muslim leaders and imams start hawking their fraudulent dossier around the islamic world to “explain” how offensive the cartoons are. The 43 page document they took with them contained an additional three, deliberately offensive, cartoons that hadnt been seen before
  • January 17, 2006: After receiving death threats, Magazinet withdraws the cartoons from its website.
  • January 25, 2006: Saudi Arabia’s top cleric calls on Denmark to punish the Jyllands-Posten over the cartoons.
  • January 26, 2006: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador
  • January 29, 2006: Libya closes its embassy in Denmark and threatens to take economic measures.
  • January 30, 2006: Gunmen storm EUs Gaza office demanding apology. After a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, Austrian foreign minister Ursula Plassnik says that the EU “strongly rejects” these threats and EU trade comissioner, Peter Mandelson warns that “Any boycott of Danish goods would be seen as a boycott of European goods.”
  • January 31, 2006: Jyllands Posten expresses regret for offending Muslim sensibilities
  • February 1, 2006: Papers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint the cartoons
  • February 2, 2006: Papers in Switzerland, Gemany and Spain reprint the cartoons
  • February 3, 2006: Belgian papers reprint the cartoons.
  • February 4, 2006: Syrians set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus. In the UK, Muslim radicals call for those who insult Islam to be killed. Moderates start to make a stand.
  • February 5, 2006: Protesters set fire to the Danish embassy in Beirut
  • February 6, 2006: First deaths in Afghanistan. EU procrastinates
  • February 7, 2006: More death threats received by papers that published the cartoons
  • February 8, 2006: Protestors start hacking western websites
  • 10 February, 2006 The editor of Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper which first published the cartoons, is sent on leave for an indefinite period, as the editor of a Norwegian magazine that reprinted them apologises
  • 11 February, 2006: Denmark closes embassy in Syria
  • 13 February, 2006: Danish Prime Minister meets the recently formed association of Democratic Muslims in a fresh effort to defuse the row. Protests in Pakistan get violent and an Iranian paper launches a competition asking people to submit cartoons about the Holocaust.
  • 15 February, 2006: MEPs express support for Denmark and point out that tolerance is a two way street. Israeli cartoonists respond to the Iranian call for Holocaust cartoons by saying that they can do better.
  • 17 February, 2006: Pakistan government cracks down on the radical Islamic group that has been leading protests in the country. More death threats are issued. Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of journalists thrown into prison in Yemen and Algeria for reprinting the pictures. One of the imams that got the riots going in the first places manages to express both regret and satisfacion on CBS.
  • 18 February, 2006: Riots in Libya kill 10. Riots in Nigeria kill 16.
  • 19 February, 2006: Iranian foreign minister calls for end to violence, and more censorship
  • 21 February, 2006: The Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) finally gets around to denouncing the death threats and violent protests.

Motoons II: The Saga Continues

  • 12 February 2008: Danish police arrest three people suspected of plotting to murder one of the cartoonists.
  • 13 February 2008: Danish newspapers reprint the cartoon in order to underline their commitment to freedom of speech.
  • 16 February 2008: Iran starts demanding apologies. Danish MPs tell them where to go
  • 17 February 2008: Islamist students in southern Pakistan start burning flags
  • 19 February 2008: Egypt, Yemen and Jordan all try to jump on the bandwagon
  • 9 March 2008: A cleric in Iran urges Islamic world to cut ties with Denmark
  • 10 March 2008: An Islamic group in Jordan announces plans to sue Danish newspapers for reprinting the cartoon
  • 13 March 2008: A protest in Pakistan turns ugly.
  • 20 March 2008: Cave-dwelling mass murderer issues threat.

10 Responses to The Muhammed Cartoons Controversy

  1. on 14 Nov 2006 at 7:16 am hameed

    that is really nest up who you stupid haters just want us to look bad

  2. on 14 Nov 2006 at 7:17 am hameed

    islam is a good peaceful religon

  3. on 14 Nov 2006 at 9:34 pm Paul

    hameed, hameed, hameed

    No-one is trying to make you look bad. Just like no-one made a mob of rioters set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus.

    Islam may well be a peaceful religion. But when people make threats and carry out acts of violence in the name of Islam, you really cant be too surprised when people dont believe you.

  4. on 14 Mar 2007 at 5:22 pm Cynthia

    I think that religion should be about love and respect. What the Radical Muslims did, they killed some people too over the past few years, has nothing to do with religion but with hatred.

    The Muslim community cant stand to be criticized by the media, by comedians and therefore the Muslim religion isnt about peace, love and understanding.

    Muslim communities seem to me like fascism. Everyone who isnt a Muslim should be killed just like everyone criticizing the Muslim community.

    If someone turned out to be gay, he should be killed (it happened in Iran). If a woman got raped, shes the blame.

    Thats not a really peaceful religion, Hameed! Its fascism!

  5. on 14 Sep 2007 at 12:01 am Undefined

    wow you guys are quick to target Islam with the proof soley based on current world situation, well here are few facts, christians killed thousands on the name of religion during the crusades, it was a christian who killed millions, mostly jews during WWII, it were the christians who enslaved(colonized) the entire world for their own benefits and killed millions too, it were the christians who drew up random boundry lines without giving a second thought about its after effects, and when in last few years some muslims have done something, Islam is not a religion of peace anymore, all i gotta say is you gotta read some books man

  6. on 28 Nov 2007 at 8:54 am mikkaa

    Islam is a religion of tolerance religion of love den respect religion that respects all religions, why try to be confused picture?

  7. on 15 Mar 2008 at 7:25 pm Mike

    it was a christian who killed millions, mostly jews during WWII

    Hitler certainly wasnt waving a christian banner whereas islamic jihadists are certainly acting in the name of their faith.

  8. on 17 Mar 2008 at 5:04 pm M.P.Nicoll

    Strange how every religion still claims to be wholly peaceful and seems to think everyone is picking on them. A brief look at history suggests the exact opposite.
    Im not saying everyone who believes in christianity or islam does bad things but an irrational belief system and massive holy books that can pretty much be interpreted to condone the most evil of behaviour.
    Ideally we humans would stop believing in things because we are scared to die, and these things not only promise life after death but amazing, brilliant life after death. Easy to see why people believe but id still rather believe in fact than fantasy.

  9. on 16 Apr 2008 at 1:59 am Name

    I suggest that anyone who is interested in _truly_ understanding the nature (and origin) of this conflict try to google and learn about the originator (Flemming Rose), and his agenda, of the idea to post the cartoons. Here is a link for beginners:
    Please feel free to do your own research.
    As for the reactionary behavior of the Muslims to the Mohamed cartoons; there is history behind this as well. The campaign to suppress the spread of Islam started long time ago. Here is a link to the modern version of the campaign:
    O! and one more thing! Forget what the Muslim says, go to the source of the Author:
    And while youre at it, feel free to check out Hugh Kennedys books about the history of Islam etc.:
    Look at for more of his books!

  10. on 05 Dec 2008 at 5:37 pm Fernando Mendonça

    Islam a good peaceful religion? My ass Mohammed. Barbaric executions, maimings, lashings, opression of women and religious minorities. Allah would be akbar if you islamic vermin were wiped out from this planet.

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