Danish journalist Flemming Rose is born. As cultural editor of the Jyllands-Posten Flemming Rose will be responsible for publishing the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons in 2005 which lead to so much controversy and violence around the world.
Flemming Rose writes the following note to accompany the cartoons:
"The modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position, insisting on special consideration of their own religious feelings. It is incompatible with contemporary democracy and freedom of speech, where one must be ready to put up with insults, mockery and ridicule.
It is certainly not always attractive and nice to look at, and it does not mean that religious feelings should be made fun of at any price, but that is of minor importance in the present context. [...] we are on our way to a slippery slope where no-one can tell how the self-censorship will end. That is why Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten has invited members of the Danish editorial cartoonists union to draw Muhammad as they see him..."