Iran has summoned a senior Swedish diplomat to protest against the publication in a local newspaper of a drawing of Muhammad showing his head on a dog’s body, calling it “an insult against the prophet”. The Swedish chargÃ© d’affaires, Gunilla von Bahr, was summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry yesterday.
“A protest was given to her because of the publication in a newspaper of a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad,” a Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman, Sofia Karlberg, said today. “She was told it was an insult against the prophet. We consider the matter closed.”
Mr Vilks’ drawing depicted Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body in a street with traffic around it. Nerikes Allehanda decided to publish the drawing following a row in the Nordic country this summer over Mr Vilks’ attempt to exhibit his series of drawings about Muhammad. At least two galleries declined to show the pictures, citing security fears.
“Alongside the picture, we published a comment piece saying that it was serious that there is self-censorship among exhibition [galleries],” said the Nerikes Allehanda editor-in-chief, Ulf Johansson.
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