Cartoon Publishing, Political Discourse, Audience Perception, Ideological Differences, Regulations, Ethical Publishing: The Cartoons that Shook the World

The article ‘The Cartoons that Shook the World’ (2009) is a radio station transcript written by Jytte Klausen. According to the Yale University Press (2009), the author is Professor of Comparative Politics at Brandeis University and she is the author of The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe and War and Welfare: Europe and the United States, 1945 to the Present. This article presenting an incident happened few years ago about Muslims around the world were protesting against a dozen caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published by a Danish newspaper.

 In the Ramona Koval’s (2010) article, it confirmed Samuel Huntingdon's thesis of a clash of civilisations but researcher Jytte Klausen says it's much more complicated than that. In ‘The Cartoons that Shook the World’, it's a detailed and absorbing account of the whole affair. (Ramona Koval, 2010) In the transcript, the author Jytte Klausen been interviewed by Peter Mares. She concludes that the Muslim reaction to the cartoons was not--as was commonly assumed--a spontaneous emotional reaction arising out of the clash of Western and Islamic civilizations. (Jytte Klausen, 2009)

Newspapers in Denmark have recently reprinted the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad which caused controversy and violent protest in 2005 when they were published in Jyllands-Posten. Djehuty (2008) personally strongly against any legal limits on freedom of speech, she believe the laws which already exist to prohibit threatening behavior, incitement to violence, and so on should be enough. Djehuty (2008) feel that individuals or media which choose to say things which are offensive, provocative, or likely to increase divisions and hatred within the community are acting in a very unethical way although there should be no legal sanction.
The cartoons are on the whole cheaply funny, Islamophobic and in terrifically bad taste, though one showing Muhammad at the gates of heaven telling a string of suicide bombers “Stop, stop! We ran out of virgins!” and another showing a cartoonist fearfully drawing a picture of the prophet speak truths bigger than their offense. (Pierre Tristam, 2010)

            According to Michael Karadjis (2006), in some Muslim-dominated countries the mass media often displays anti-Jewish images. Michael Karadjis (2006) concluded some Western leftists have used this fact as an argument to justify the publication of the anti-Muslim cartoons by Western papers which consider a very strange argument.


Michael Karadjis, 2006, ‘Danish cartoons: racist provocation or 'free speech'?’, viewed at 14 November 2010, achieved from

Djehuty, 2008, ‘The ethics of the Danish Mohammad cartoons’, viewed at 14 November 2010, achieved from

Klausen, J 2010, Interview on The ABC. Interviewed by Peter Mares on The Book Show [Radio] ABC Radio National, 5 February 2010.

Jytte Klausen , 2009, ‘For the first time, a scholar unravels the story behind the Danish cartoon controversy’, viewed at 14 November 2010, achieved from

Jytte Klausen , 2009, viewed at 14 November 2010, achieved from

Ramona Koval, 2010, ‘The Cartoons that Shook the World’, viewed at 14 November 2010, achieved from

Pierre Tristam, 2010, ‘The Muhammad Cartoons: Complete Set’, viewed at 14 November 2010, achieved from

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