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Dutch publisher loses bid to stop publication of Danish cartoons

Dutch publisher loses bid to stop publication of Danish cartoons

DENMARK, June 26 (Reuters) – Dutch publisher Dansk Publishing House has lost its bid to halt publication of a Danish cartoon that satirizes the Prophet Mohammad in the country.

The Danish cartoonist Lars Vilks had said it was a provocation, but the publisher has defended it.

It said the cartoon was not a threat to Islam.

The court has asked the two publishers to withdraw the cartoons within a month, but they are expected to decide on a legal response to the appeal later this month.

Lars Vilks said the cartoons were meant to make Muslims feel “unsafe” and that the Dutch government should have protected its citizens.

“The cartoons were taken from the Internet, and in doing so, the publisher took legal measures,” the publisher said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It would be a very bad decision if we have to go through this again, since the judge has already said that he will not rule on the case.”(Reporting by Thomas Johannessen in Berlin; Editing by Alistair Lyon)