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December 2, 2005

$8200 Bounty on Cartoonists’ Heads

According to this article, the Jamaate-Islami group in Pakistan has placed an $8200 bounty on the head of what they believe is a single cartoonist responsible for creating a series of cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed that ran in the Denmark daily Jyllands-Posten. These were actually cartoons from 12 different illustrators, some of those solicited by the paper to make an editorial point about restrictions on depictions of certain figures.

A few observers have suggested the negative reaction to those cartoons established a precedent for more sustained and violent youth protests that followed in France and in other European countries in one of the bigger international news stories of 2005.
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