lifted from NRK.no (very bad google translate, apologies!)
Dagbladet acquitted in PFU for cartoon
Anti -Racist Center and the Jewish community complain about what they perceived as an anti-Semitic cartoon strip in Dagbladet did not succeed in Press Council .
Journalist, Inger Marit Knap Sæby
Published yesterday , at. Updated 10:25 yesterday , at. 11:44
Comic strip was printed in Dagbladet in late May , and attracted attention in several foreign media . Both the Jewish community and the Anti -Racist Center has Thomas Drefvelin parodic strip as an attack on Judaism , and complained to the newspaper Press Council .
The comic strip shows two religious person who abuses a child, while the police fail to intervene because the assailants argued that this ” is tradition ” and an important part of their faith.
The cartoon was printed in Dagbladet 28 May.
Photo: Facsimile / Dagbladet
In Tuesday’s PFU meeting pointed out that the sample design clearly be perceived as offensive to the reader , but would not go with that drawing was racist or anti-Semitic .
PFU Secretariat pointed out in its proposal to the opinion that in the Norwegian media is a tradition of caricature has very wide limits , and it can not be that those who feel wronged or violated shall have a veto over what can be published.
– This is an important , fundamental issue for the press and freedom of expression that even if this strip was aimed at one particular religion , I would have acquitted Dagbladet , said Martin Riber Sparre from Today’s Market .
He added that if there was to the Jewish community felt threatened by comic strip , it was a matter for the police and non PFU .
Read also: Dagbladet drawing provoked in 2010
Humble editor in Chief
– I am naturally delighted that Dagbladet not the field , it is a right decision for freedom of expression in the Norwegian press, says editor John Arne Markussen in Dagbladet NRK.no.
– At the same time it obviously made an impression to see how strong and comprehensive response this drawing created . Many felt hurt . It was not our intention .
Markussen explains that drawing’s only purpose was to show that abuse may be committed with impunity as long as it ‘s under the guise of tradition and faith. Dagbladet editor believes there must be plenty of room for criticism of religions and religious practices. He also points out that the caricatures are directed against all religions.
Chief editor adds that even if they are humble to the reactions comic created , the press can not take into account all the groups at any time feel affected.
– There will always be reactions and protests at most we write about, but we can not hand over the power to define for those who feel offended , think Markussen .
PFU leader and Aftenposten’s editor Hilde Haugsgjerd mean drawing on perceived as a post in an ongoing debate.
Photo: Solum, Stian Lysberg / NTB Scanpix
PFU leader Hilde Haugsgjerd also pointed out that the drawing must be perceived as a post in an ongoing debate , and that the current context is different now than it was when it came Jew critical drawings before , during and after the war. Therefore perceive nor specific as anti-Semitic caricatures .
– It is also important to remember that caricature as a genre is known to be unfair and puts things on the tip , she added .
Several of the press representatives on the committee admitted , however, that they would not have pressed the strip in his newspaper . Neither John Arne Markussen in Dagbladet would establish that he had pressed comic strip again without hesitation.
– There is a consideration that must be taken from time to time. But I have not seen any reason to criticize the initial decision internally , says chief editor .
Hadi Stream Lile representing the public, and was alone would trap Dagbladet. PFU therefore decided to acquit Dagbladet for printed comic strip.
respects the decision
Rune Berglund Steen , Head of Anti -Racist Centre , told NRK.no that they respect PFU decision and not going to take the matter further . But their stance remains as before.
– That one has the opportunity to hit something , does not mean you should do it. However, we are not surprised by the decision, it has always proved to be difficult to stop the anti-Semitic statements , says Steen .
He says that they respond most is the subject where children abused by adult Jews (according to the Anti -Racist Centre’s own interpretation of the drawing, journ.anm . ) , Will be one of the most common motifs are used to promote anti-Semitic attitudes throughout history.
– So this is acceptable because it is called religion criticism. We have also seen that these drawings spread in the extreme-right . I find it sad that Norwegian newspapers will help to create and disseminate such attitudes , says Rune Berlund Steen .