Where it was just some months ago I was convincing Kev that it would be perfectly fine to make a critical comic of the islam in this fine country of mine, today my point of view completly changed.
Sadly international media havent picked up on this, so I will try to translate the story as best as I can.
We have an cartoonist here by the name of Gregorius Nekschot(allias), he basicly makes critical comics that go a bit beyond the ones that the famed Danish cartoonist made. But all is fine, because the Netherlands is the bastion of free speech.
Tuesday however, Nekschots house got raided by the police (9 men), all his paperwork and computer was confiscated and he was arrested. The reason, he makes discriminating and hatefull comics. After 1,5 day in in a cell he was released again. Ask yourself this, when you basicly have the guy who you need, and you have all the evidence, then why does he needs to stay in prison for 1,5 day unless its for intimidation.
The court judged a certain amount of comics and decided that 8 of them are to extreme. When asked where the line is, they cant answer. If this would become a courtcase his identity will be gone, and there is a change he will end like Theo van Gogh (stabbed in the street for being a critic). The only difference, this time its the state, instead of a muslim extremist.
The minister of the ministry of justice is claiming it took them 3 years to find him. While the cartoonists email adress is on his website, and they never bothered in those 3 years to mail him and tell him that he is crossing a line(where ever that line may be)
So what it comes down to, a country that was once known for its extreme freedom slowly becomes a police state. Where in Denmark the goverment protects their cartoonists, here we throw them in jail. And it sickens me to the stomach.
I hope I translated everything to some understandable form
ps: For the guys in the Sorry World thread. See that the States is not the only country in the world where stupid shit happens
edit: Link added by cosmochimp, thanks