The Man behind the Mohammed Cartoon

Kurt Westergaard’s Autobiography:

The Man behind the Mohammed Cartoon

It is a pleasure for to be able to present this press release about Kurt Westergaards autobiography now available in English and authored by John Lykkegaard.

The Publishing House Mine Erindringer (My Memoirs) has published the autobiography of the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard entitled The Man behind the Mohammed Cartoon. It is now available worldwide in print and as an e-book at and In 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 drawings depicting Mohammed and Islam.

In a matter of days the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard’s drawing of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban became known worldwide. In 2006 this led to massive protests in the Middle East, where several Danish embassies were burnt down to the ground. Since then there have been several attacks on Jyllands-Posten and Kurt Westergaard, and on the first of January 2010 the Danish Somali terrorist Muhudiin Mohamed Geele succeeded in breaking into Kurt Westergaard’s home, where he attempted to assassinate Kurt Westergaard in front of his grandchild.

Today Kurt Westergaard lives in one of most secure houses in Denmark and a police station has been installed in his garden, where uniformed policemen as well as security guards from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service are on patrol around the clock. Nobody is allowed to visit Kurt Westergaard without their permission, and he can only open the front door, when a police officer is present.

Honored in Germany

On the eighth of September 2010 Kurt Westergaard was honored for his battle for the freedom of speech, receiving the prestigious M100 media prize at Frederick the Great’s castle Sanssouci in Potsdam. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was the German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and the present German Federal President Dr. Joachim Gauck awarded Kurt Westergaard the prize.

Later Angela Merkel was severely criticized by Muslim groups for giving her keynote speech so close to the Ramadan. The same Muslim circles did not object to Muslims demonstrating for a mosque near Ground Zero in New York on the eleventh of September 2010. On the eighth of October 2010 Kurt Westergaard was awarded the ”Prize for Freedom and the Future of the Media” in connection with the ”Leipziger Mediekongres” in Leipzig, where several Muslim participants walked out in protest.

Freedom of Speech Overrides Everything

In juli 2011 a report issued by the UN’s Special Committee for Human Rights established that freedom of speech has priority over all other human rights. The 18 lawyers of whom 4 originated in Muslim countries, had prepared the 15 page report and everyone agreed that it is in order to make statements that criticize a religion or a particular set of values. This view is particularly critical towards several Islamic countries, which since 1999 have promoted the idea that criticism of Islam, of religion and religious leaders in general should be a criminal offense.

In the 1880s the twentieth American president James Garfield, who was assassinated after just 100 days in the White House, stated: ”In the long and tough struggle for freedom of speech, the press, like the church, has counted its martyrs in the thousands.” A battle which so many years later still takes its toll of victims – including women and children. Kurt Westergaard’s autobiography The Man behind the Mohammed Cartoon is not an analysis of the Mohammed cartoon crisis. It is the life story of the now 77-year-old man behind the famous cartoon, which set the world on fire.

In the book Kurt Westergaard explains to journalist and editor John Lykkegaard why he cannot apologize for his cartoon, whose reception resulted in the fact that he must live with constant protection for the rest of his life. The book contains more than 80 of Kurt Westergaard’s cartoons, including a new version of the Mohammed cartoon. – In the last year we have been contacted by several international publishing houses, but after some consideration we have for the moment chosen to publish the English edition as a book-on-demand and as an e-book, making it available to a larger readership.

The English version of the book has received great interest, particularly in New York and in London, says John Lykkegaard. For further information and interviews with Kurt Westergaard and/or John Lykkegaard please contact the publishing house Mine Erindringer (My Memoirs).

Forlaget Mine Erindringer
Stavnsvej 102
8381 Tilst
Ph. +0045-2239 6979

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