South Africa: University under fire for barring Danish journalist

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The University of Cape Town (UCT) has come under fire after barring a Danish journalist from addressing a student gathering because his magazine sparked a global outcry after publishing a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in 2005.

Flemming Rose‚ a former cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten‚ was due to visit the prestigious institution next month to present the 2016 TB Davie Memorial lecture which celebrates academic freedom and freedom of speech.

However, the university’s management, which is still reeling from a series of violent student protests last year, ordered the withdrawal of the invitation.
The Academic Freedom Committee slammed the decision, saying it “reveals the limited scope of academic freedom at the university”.

Rose’s publication gained international attention after its controversial publication in September 2005 of 12 cartoons depicting Islam and Muhammad. The most notorious of these showed Muhammed with a bomb in his turban. This drew protests from throughout the Muslim world.

In February 2008, following the arrest of three men who allegedly had conspired to kill one of the cartoonists, Jyllands-Posten and 16 other Danish newspapers republished the cartoon in question to "show their commitment to freedom of speech".
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