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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Denmark’s immigration minister shares Prophet Mohammed cartoon on Facebook

The cartoon sparked violent protests across the world when it was published in a Danish newspaper in 2005

Denmark's Minister of Immigration and Integration Inger Stojberg shared a controversial cartoon of the Prophet on Facebook. Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/ Reuters
Denmark's Minister of Immigration and Integration Inger Stojberg shared a controversial cartoon of the Prophet on Facebook. Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/ Reuters

Denmark’s immigration and integration minister republished a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad, which sparked outrage when it appeared in a newspaper in 2005.

Inger Stojberg shared a screengrab on her official Facebook page of an iPad home screen showing the cartoon. She said it was a protest against a decision by the Skovgaard Museum in Viborg, Denmark, not to include the drawing by Kurt Westergaard in an exhibition.

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“It is the museum’s own choice and they have their full right to do it, but I think it’s a shame,” she said in her Facebook post.

Westergaard’s cartoon formed one of the 12 caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad published by Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005, causing outrage.

At least 50 people were killed and three Danish embassies were attacked in response as violent protests occurred across the Middle East and Asia.

Earlier this year, Ms Stojberg, who is a member of Denmark’s centre-right Venstre party, caused controversy after she shared a photo of herself celebrating tightening immigration laws with a cake.

Prior to this she was involved in an immigration scandal in which she told a story about a daycare centre banning pork, which later turned out to be untrue.