Thursday, November 05, 2009

Mohammed drawings fund satirical website

Copenhagen Post reports,Tuesday, 03 November 2009
'Illustrators target climate change debate on a new website funded by the sale of the Mohammed drawings

A satirical climate website operated by the Danish Illustrators Association will be launched tomorrow.

The site, caricature.dk, is funded by money raised through the sale and use of Jyllands-Posten newspaper’s infamous Mohammed cartoons and will feature satirical drawings with climate themes every day until the end of the COP15 climate conference in December. It will also include regular comments on the climate change debate.

Since their publication in 2005, the Mohammed drawings have been reprinted throughout the world. But although the new website will benefit from the cartoons’ income, it will have nothing to do with Mohammed or Islam.

‘This initiative was created to emphasise the tradition of satirical cartoons in Danish newspapers and other media,’ the association’s chairman Claus Seidel said.

‘Caricature.dk will demonstrate that freedom of expression goes far beyond all the focus put on the Mohammed cartoons.’

Siedel said the association had attempted to recover all the fees normally payable when reprinting a copyrighted work, yet most media had so far neglected to pay. But it was agreed at the start that whatever money was collected would be pooled, he added.

‘Instead of giving 10-15,000 kroner to each of the 12 cartoonists, we decided from the beginning to put the money into a fund that could carry Danish illustration into the future,’ he said.

After the conclusion of the COP15 conference, the website will continue to operate, addressing issues other than climate.'

Something good from the cartoons the dhimmis would not publish in UK or USA.

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