Danish TV Shows Cartoons Mocking Prophet Mohammed

One cartoon appears to depict the Prophet Mohammed as a camel, urinating and drinking beer.

Danish state TV on Friday aired amateur video footage showing young members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples' party engaged in a competition to draw humiliating cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The competition took place in early August, according to Danish media.

The video images have surfaced little more than a year after a Danish paper published cartoons of the Prophet that sparked violent protests worldwide.

The images, filmed by artist Martin Rosengaard Knudsen who posed as a member of the party for several months to document attitudes among young members, show a number of young people drinking, singing and drawing cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed.

The faces of the young people were blurred in most of the footage.

One cartoon appeared to depict the Prophet Mohammed as a camel, urinating and drinking beer.

Another cartoon strip aired in the partly masked footage on state TV seemed to show the prophet Mohammed surrounded by beer bottles and included an image of an explosion.

Members of the youth wings of other parties, including the ruling Liberal party, criticized the DPP on Friday. Kenneth Kristensen, a senior member of the DPP's youth movement, also criticised the events, but stopped short of apologizing.

"It's not my kind of humor and it would not have happened if I had been there. It must not be repeated," he told Danish state TV.

In September last year Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons, including one showing the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban. They were later reprinted elsewhere. Muslim clerics denounced them as blasphemous, sparking protests in which more than 50 people died in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Most Muslims regard any depiction of the Prophet Mohammed as offensive.