Friday 01 July 2022

Court clears Holocaust cartoon publication

Judges in Utrecht have found the Dutch arm of the European Arab League not guilty of insulting Jews for publishing a cartoon which suggested they invented the Holocaust.

The league first published the cartoon on its website in response to the Danish cartoons poking fun at Mohammed four years ago and then again last year. The organisation said the aim was not to insult anyone but to highlight double standards in society.
The court said that while the cartoon is tasteless and upsetting, the right to freedom of expression is more important, Nos tv reported.
‘The court considers the cartoon insulting, if considered by itself,’ the court said. However ‘the context in which it is placed removes the criminally insulting nature.’
The public prosecution department had called for a €1,000 fine.

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