The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has created a list of questions and answers regarding the 12 pictures of the Prophet Mohammed.
Quite a lot of mis-information has been spread in the news worldwide, news that hasn’t helped the situation. The information released in this list is accurate, as a danish citizen I can verify and confirm this. Some of the highlights of the list include:
Will the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten apologise?
On 30 January 2006 the newspaper unequivocally apologised for the 12 drawings having offended many Muslims. […]
What is the status of the Danish newspaper that published the 12 drawings of the Prophet Muhammad?
The newspaper Jyllands-Posten is a private and independent newspaper in Denmark. It has no relations, whatsoever, with the Government of Denmark. The Danish Government cannot in any way influence what is or what is not printed in the Danish media.
Can the newspaper be brought to justice for the 12 drawings?
Danish legislation prohibits acts or expressions of a blasphemous or discriminatory nature and offenders can be brought before court.
Is it true that discrimination against Moslems and insults against Islam cannot be prosecuted in Denmark?
[…] “Any person, who, in public, ridicules or insults the dogmas of worship of any lawfully existing religious community in this country shall be liable to imprisonment for any term not exceeding four months or, in mitigating circumstances, to a fine.” […]
Have the 12 drawings been published in a children’s book?
The 12 drawings have not been published in a children’s book and this has never been the intention.
Is Denmark rewriting the Koran?
The Danish Government respects Islam as one of the world’s major religions and no Danish authorities would ever initiate such a disrespectful project.
How many drawings were made?
There were 12 drawings of which only some depicted the Prophet Muhammad.
Has there been published a drawing in Jyllands-Posten or any other Danish news with the Prophet depicted as a pig?
Has posters been put up in Denmark with pictures of the Prophet Muhammad?
Is it correct that Muslims are not allowed to demonstrate in Denmark?
No, Muslims have—just like any other citizen in Denmark—the constitutional right to hold public meetings and demonstrations. The Police can only ban outdoor demonstrations and meetings if they endanger the public order.
Is it correct that the Danish Queen Margrethe has made statements critical of Islam?
No. This is not correct. The Queen has in her New Year’s Address 2005 stated: “The Danish society is open and democratic; it is based on mutual respect as humans and on the respect for each other’s opinions”.
Is the newspaper that published the drawings state-owned?
The newspaper Jyllands-Posten is a private and independent newspaper that is neither owned by, nor affiliated to, the Government or any political party in Denmark.
Will the Danish Government make a movie about the Prophet Muhammad?
The Danish Government has no such plans.
Is the Danish Government run by a right wing and anti-Islamic party?
The Government is a coalition consisting of a Liberal and a Conservative Party, both of which are neither extreme nor anti-Islamic.
Does religious freedom exist in Denmark?
Yes. The Danish constitution explicitly states that there is religious freedom in Denmark. Denmark houses a considerable number of religious congregations, among others Islam, and they all enjoy full freedom to religious worship.
Is it correct that the Koran will be burned in Denmark?
With reference to the rumours of burning the Koran circulated on SMS the Danish Police has warned that participation in demonstrations, where such acts take place, can be criminal and led to a prison sentence.