Denmark’s National Library plans to permanently preserve those cartoons of Muhammad that inflamed the Islamic world two years ago.
The royal library in Copenhagen – founded in the 17th century by King Frederik III and home to many historic treasures – has declared the drawings to be of historic value and is trying to acquire them for “preservation purposes”. Around 100 people died in riots across the Muslim world as protests spread after the publication of the cartoons.
Jytte Kjaergaard, a spokeswoman for the library, said they were unlikely to be displayed publicly and insisted the decision was not intended to be controversial. “We are not interested in an exhibition, we are interested in them being kept safe for future generations because they have created history in Denmark. ”