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Most Danes Reject Reprint of Prophet Mohammed Insulting Cartoons: Poll

cartonist A vast majority of Danes agree with the Danish media’s decision to refrain from reprinting insulting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), a poll showed Tuesday. A total of 84.2 percent agree with the decision, some 11.7 percent disagree and 4.1 percent are undecided, the “Ramboell” Analyze institute poll published in newspaper Jyllands-Posten showed. The daily is the same one that originally published the 12 offensive caricatures of Prophet Mohammed in September 2005  that sparked protests worldwide. A 28-year-old Somali man residing in Denmark is accused of breaking into the home of one of the cartoonists, Kurt Westergaard, on January 1 and threatening to kill him. “This is a massive rejection of the reprinting of the caricatures and can be explained by the fact that Danes consider the threats of violence and repercussions and the attack against Kurt Westergaard as real,” Stig Harvard, a media and sociology researcher at the University of Copenhagen, told the newspaper. Meanwhile, 57.3 percent of Danes, continue to support Jyllands-Posten’s decision to publish the 12 cartoons in September 2005, in the name of freedom of expression. Some 32.8 percent say it was a bad idea and 9.9 percent had no opinion. The “Ramboell” Analyse poll questioned 1,010 people from January 11 to 14.

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