Jan 12 2015
AUSTRALIAN cartoonist visited by counter-terrorism police after publishing his own satirical treatment of the Charlie Hebdo massacre
Cartoonist Larry Pickering of the website Pickering Post featured a drawing on his website that combines Mohammed imagery with a pig on a spit.
Brisbane Times (h/t Gerald P) Mr Pickering told Fairfax Radio 4BC (audio below) police visited his Gold Coast home on Sunday night for two hours to discuss surveillance options. “They didn’t suggest I stop doing what I’m doing, they just asked if I’d give them notice if I thought something was particularly provocative,” he said.
Mr Pickering said he was concerned for the safety of his family, but said he wouldn’t change the way he worked. “I will write and draw what I think is within my idea of what my readers will accept or think is OK,” he said. “I don’t write for me, I write for the people that read me.”
Mr Pickering is notorious for his use of often sexually explicit content in his cartoons which feature politicians and other public figures. Mr Pickering said the demonstration in Paris following last week’s attack on French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo bolstered his resolve.
“Why should we stop doing it… this is what the press should be about,” he said. “I think [my cartoon] was saying what we need to say.”