Danish Newspaper Prints Controversial Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

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Danish Newspaper Prints Controversial Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

People hold posters reading 'I am Charlie' as they gather to express solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo. (Associated Press)

Copenhagen:  The Danish newspaper Berlingske has republished cartoons on Islamic themes from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, as part of its coverage of the attack which killed 12 people in Paris on Wednesday.

Today's print edition of Berlingske, available online on Wednesday night, showed several past front pages from the French magazine.

Such images provoked angry reactions from some when originally published by Charlie Hebdo, and footage of the Wednesday killings at the magazine's offices showed gunmen shouting "we have avenged the Prophet Mohammad".

Berlingske's Editor-in-Chief Lisbeth Knudsen said her newspaper's action in republishing the cartoons was not a protest.

"We will print them as documentation of what kind of a magazine it was that has been hit by this terrible event," Knudsen told news agency BNB.

The Managing Editor of Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading newspaper, said in a video editorial on Wednesday that his daily would also republish Charlie Hebdo's cartoons.

When another Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, in 2005 published 12 cartoons by various artists, most of which depicted the Prophet Mohammad, it sparked a wave of protests across the world in which at least 50 died.

The media group JP/Politikens Hus, which controls Jyllands-Posten, stepped up security after the attack in Paris on Wednesday.
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