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Author of Prophet Muhammad cartoon was awarded2010-09-09 14:18
Kurt Westergaard, a notorious Danish cartoonist, was presented the award for freedom of speech in art - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The artist received an award from the hands of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, who said that since the moment of his works' publication the artist had felt his life was in danger.
"Press freedom is one of the basic characteristics of a free democracy," she added - The Times of India.
According to Merkel, cartoonists are allowed to publish pictures of Prophet Muhammad.
In September 2005, in Jyllands-Posten newspaper the cartoon by Kurt Westergaard, depicting the prophet with a bomber's belt and with an assault rifle in hands. It caused mass protests of Muslims around the world, who considered the cartoon offensive.