Poll suggests media change after cartoon scandal

Bookmark and Share

Fully 40 percent of Norwegians believe their country’s media have become more cautious when reporting on Islam since the Danish Mohammed cartoons controversy, according to a new public opinion poll.

The claims in the new poll, carried out by research firm InFact for DagenMagazinet, have been rejected by a string of newspaper editors. The results show that 47.5 percent of men and 30.1 percent of women believe the media have become more wary around Islamic issues, while 17 percent of those polled feel they have not.

The Danish cartoon scandal occurred in September 2005, when newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a number of cartoons depicting the prophet that are considered highly offensive. The cartoons have been blamed for a series of violent protests and terrorist plots.

Views and News staff