Paris shooting: Danish Muhammad cartoon newspaper Jyllands-Posten balks at Charlie Hebdo works

Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which caused a global controversy by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, was the only major Danish daily on Thursday, Jan 8, 2015, not to carry any illustrations from the French weekly Charlie H
Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which caused a global controversy by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, was the only major Danish daily on Thursday, Jan 8, 2015, not to carry any illustrations from the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.. -- PHOTO: AFP

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - The Danish newspaper that caused global controversy by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was the only major Danish daily Thursday not to carry any illustrations from the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Joern Mikkelsen, editor of the Jyllands-Posten, admitted that his staff's security had been part of the decision not to run any illustrations from the French satirical magazine.

The Aarhus-based Jyllands-Posten sparked protests across the Muslim world - some of which turned lethal - after its 2005 publication of 12 cartoons that included a picture of the Islamic prophet wearing a bomb in a turban.

They were reprinted in Charlie Hebdo - where 12 died in an extremist attack on its Paris offices Wednesday - in February 2006 in solidarity with Jyllands-Posten, sparking further anger and threats by radical Islamists.

"I maintain the right as an editor to be able to print all types of drawings again at some point. Just not right now," Mikkelsen told his own newspaper.

"The same debate has been going on now for 10 years, for or against the drawings and so on. We must move on," he added.

Police have foiled several terror threats against the daily since it published the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, where security has been ramped up and the editor who commissioned the drawings, Flemming Rose, has been living under police protection.

"The truth is that for us it would be completely irresponsible to print old or new Prophet drawings right now," said Mikkelsen.

Referring to the fact that his decision was in part influenced by security concerns, Mikkelsen added: "Many would not like to admit that. I do, albeit very grudgingly. Jyllands-Posten has a responsibility to itself and its employees."

Denmark's other two main broadsheets, Politiken and Berlingske, both published a series of Charlie Hebdo's most memorable covers, including one that appeared to show Muhammad being pushed in a wheelchair by a Jewish man.

Tabloid Ekstra Bladet renamed itself Charlie Hebdo for the day in honour of the French cartoonists gunned down on Wednesday, apparently in retaliation for the magazine's defiant stance in publishing cartoons satirising Islam.