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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dutch Public Prosecutor Files Appeal In AEL Cartoon Dispute

According to Reuters, the Dutch public prosecutor is filing an appeal over a court's acquittal of those charged of offending Jews by publishing a cartoon on their website. The Arab European League published a cartoon on its website in 2006 that the court called in "bad taste" and "exceptionally offensive" for its portrayal of Jews and references to the Holocaust. But the court noted that free speech values must be preserved under the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 10. The AEL said it published the cartoon in order to respond to the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in 2005 that caused such antagonism. See a copy of the AEL cartoon here.

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