Source: Montreal Gazette
Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said on Sunday he had ended a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad, only hours after announcing the contentious event.
In a tweet posted on Sunday morning, Wilders said international attention on the contest had enabled him to make a point about the importance of freedom of speech.
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“Mission accomplished. End of contest,” he wrote above a picture of what he said was the winning drawing, depicting an angry-looking man with a beard.
Images of the Prophet Mohammad are traditionally forbidden in Islam as idolatrous. Caricatures are regarded by most Muslims as highly offensive.
Wilders canceled a similar contest in August last year after police arrested a man who had threatened to kill him over his plan.