WARNING - THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGES
By Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer
May 17, 2008 - SanFrancisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Gregorius Nekschot, the Dutch cartoonist who was arrested for his work last Tuesday now faces a jail sentence. The public prosecutor has decided that eight of his cartoons "are beyond the pale" and that Nekschot is guilty of "discrimination and possible incitement to violence."
The Dutch government has reportedly been attempting to pull cartoons from the internet, while the Department of Justice has judged scores of Nekschot's cartoons and decided that most fell within the scope of freedom of expression in Holland.
The arrest of Nekschot has struck fear into journalists, artists and Members of Parliament over the government's repression directed at freedom of expression.
Unbelievably, according to Justice Minister Hirsch Ballin, the investigation into Nekschot does not mean that freedom of expression is being limited. [source, translated from the Dutch, http://www.trouw.nl/hetnieuws/nederland/article989834.ece/Minister_ontkent_inperking_vrije_meningsuiting]
The public prosecutor has so far refused to say which cartoons will be subject to legal action. The arrest of Nekschot was the result of a long investigation. The complaint goes back to 2005 and was sent to the Reporting Point For Discrimination Internet [Meldpunt Discriminatie Internet] who forwarded it the public prosecutor.
Further displaying the twisted logic involved in this matter, the complaint against Nekschot was made by imam Abdul Jabber Van de Ven, a radical Islamist who lauded the murder of Theo van Gogh and said he hoped politician Geert Wilders will be also be killed by a Muslim.
Though investigated, Van Veen was not prosecuted for his comments. At the time of the event, this author wrote at the time that:
"The Dutch press is now in an uproar after Abdul Jabber van Ven, a Dutch convert to Islam and Muslim cleric, declared in a television interview that, "He hoped Geert Wilders would die" and had feelings "of happiness" when he heard that Theo van Gogh was dead. The Dutch Minister of Justice is launching an investigation and looking into the possibility of taking legal action against Van de Ven. The latest news is that Van de Ven "has gone into hiding." In 2001 Van Ven declared to a friend that he "was so disgusted with Holland that he wanted to live in an Islamic country" stating, "The Qur?an is my Constitution." [source, Militant Islam Monitor, http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/328]
Now Van de Ven is using the same legal system he claims to despise to prosecute Nekschot, and the government is lending him and the Islamic cultural jihad, a helping hand.
A few of Gergorius Nekschot's Cartoons
Dr. Executioner admires the Moroccan rappers feeling for language.
"What rhymes with ketchup?"
Premier Balkenende makes a gesture in the direction of the Muslim community. "Chicken is halal."
Aisha insults the prophet. "What do you think of Viagra Akhbar...?"
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