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Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 7:36 PM 

The figure disguised in the black burqa is the Dutch cartoonist known as Gregorius Nekschot. The picture was  taken by Snaphanen as the cartoonist,  who was arrested last year for the crime of drawing insufficiently sensitive political  cartoons, addressed the Danish Free Press Society in Copenhagen this week. An excerpt:

On May the 13th of the year 2008, however, the cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot was dragged out of his house by ten civil servants and thrown into jail. Moreover, his home was searched and his computer, mobile telephone, agenda and sketchbooks were confiscated. Cartoons that allegedly discriminated against ethnic minorities and against Muslims caused captivity and a far-reaching infringement of his privacy. Such is the state of affairs in the Netherlands, a country which until recently, was seen as broad-minded, ‘free-thinking’, and enjoying a satirical tradition of more than seven centuries.

Read it all here.

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