Cartoonist arrest is ‘testing boundaries’

Wednesday’s Volkskrant publishes three of the controversial drawings by cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot which led to his arrest last week on charges of inciting racial hatred and asks legal experts if they think the case will succeed.

Henny Sackers, a law professor at Radboud University, does not think Nekschot will be found guilty if the case ever comes to court. Judges are notoriously keen on defending the right to freedom of expression, he points out.
Aernout Nieuwenhuis, a professor at Amsterdam University, says he had expected the cartoons to be far worse than they are. One drawing, featuring a Moroccan saying that the Koran does not require you to do anything in return for 30 years of social security benefits, could be considered ‘hurtful’, he tells the paper.
But both professors suggest the public prosecution department is using the Nekschot case as a way of establishing the boundaries to freedom of expression.

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