A Norwegian writer and commentator of Syrian origin has published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on her blog in what she said was a show of support for freedom of speech.

The drawing posted by Sara Mats Azmeh Rasmussen shows a bearded man standing next to three people, including two women who are almost entirely veiled, with the caption: "If you do not like to be drawn, cover yourself, Prophet."

The writer, who describes herself as "an author and human rights activist with a Muslim background", said on her blog that she wanted to show her solidarity with satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, which last month stoked controversy by publishing cartoons showing the prophet naked.

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