AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch public prosecutor has appealed against a court ruling acquitting a Muslim group of insulting Jews with a cartoon suggesting they invented the Holocaust, in a case testing the bounds of free speech.
The court ruled last month the cartoon published by the Arab European League (AEL) showed “bad taste” and was “exceptionally offensive,” but it acquitted the group on charges it insulted Jews because of the context in which the cartoon was published.
In announcing its appeal, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday it was essential to determine whether the cartoon was “unnecessarily offensive,” adding it was not certain whether the cartoon was designed as a contribution to the social debate.