Another European cartoonist receiving death threats
The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel published the above caricature (click on it to enlarge) Friday the 10.2.2006. It is made by the cartoonist Klaus Stuttmann. There have been innumerous complaints and three death threats against Herr Stuttmann.
But actually the caricature does not imply that the Iranian will show up as suicide bombers for the world football championship. It is instead a comment on German internal politics. The cartoonist is using satire on the fact that the German army is supposed to be on stadiums during the championship. He is against them being there as he doubts there will be anybody with bombs.
Of course it has been misunderstood and without knowing German actual debate that is easy. May I suggest that you killers and ambassadors check on the death sentence premises before going into action?
An official protest from the Iranian embassy to the newspaper has been delivered. The protest talks about "disgust and indignation" in Iran. The newspaper answered: "This protest is only possible due to lack of knowledge of the debate on internal German politics".
The result: Another limitation on European free expression and another cartoonist living in hiding. It is tragic-comic and not funny.
The translation is one word pr. picture:
Cartoonist - in - the age - of the - Internet - and the - Globalization.
I understand his defence - the drawing is great. But I find it lacking. For how many non fanatic Muslims have served death threats to cartoonists lately?
This is quite an escalation of the Cartoon Rage. A misunderstood non-existing non-religious insult on Muslims now leads to an official protest and death threats. What will be next?