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Jyllands-Posten Muhammad Cartoons Controversy

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After the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 editorial cartoons satirizing elements of contemporary Islamic culture—most depicting the Prophet Muhammad—on September 30, 2005, offended Danish imams traveled to the Middle East to draw attention to the publication, and soon protests swept across the Muslim World, resulting in over 200 deaths. The governments of some Muslim-majority countries boycotted Danish goods as Denmark refused to take action against the newspaper, citing the right to freedom of expression, and Western nations widely supported Denmark's position.
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