Australian Cartoonist Larry Pickering under police protection after posting prophet Muhammad picture online

This cartoon is currently on display at his site.

CONTROVERSIAL cartoonist Larry Pickering has been placed under protective surveillance by counter terrorism police after he posted a derogatory picture depicting the prophet Muhammad on his website.

Mr Pickering was visited at home by detectives from Queensland Police on Sunday evening.

The officers, who arrived unannounced, said Mr Pickering had “upset a lot of people” and they were putting the four-time Walkley Award-winning cartoonist under high-priority protective surveillance.

“They didn’t say specifically why they were there,” Mr Pickering said.

“I guess they must have picked up some intelligence or chatter after I did the cartoon.

“They gave me their details and special phone numbers and said if I call they will be there in minutes.”

Pickering has been a controversial figure for years… He told the Herald Sun he had no plans to stop posting material…

His site is called The Pickering Post.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Is that an old Australian custom of placing their editorial cartoonists under 24-hour police protection?

    Because if it’s NOT…
    Then this is an excellent example of how the mere presence of Muslims makes us all less free.

  • Blacksmith

    I have to say I officially LOVE that cartoon, it has so much going for it, moo ham hear is actually a pig, he has a pencil framed up his ass for a spit, I heard he had to dictate cause he couldn’t read or write, and it looks like the fuel source for the fire could be koran’s, top shelf stuff that is.

  • Blind Druid

    Yeah — When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. I’m sure you could get a gun in Oz if you wanted to. If I was this guy I would. .38 cal would be nice.

  • ella

    Larry is a legend. A brilliant collumn (Just like blazing’s)
    Journalist get beheaded.
    Cartoonists get shot.
    Photographers get ? gulps.

  • mauser 98
  • b_marco

    Looks like Gary has gotta update his avatar.

    • Brett_McS

      Like this?

  • WalterBannon

    He should buy some weapons and keep them handy.

  • wallyj180

    ” The webpage at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.”

    The battle continues.
    That is one messed up religion. I don’t know why any intelligent or moral person would associate with it.

    • Clausewitz

      And that is why it stems from the Middle East. There’s only one sane, logical state in the whole region, and those people are not Islamic.

    • Brett_McS

      It’s there now, in all its porcine glory!

      The latest post is interesting, on how ISIS use drugs to help train their beheaders.

  • Barrington Minge

    Great cartoon.

  • David Murrell

    Why is Mr. Pickering under police protection? Because he is not following the CBC, CNN, Star, CTV, Globe and Mail procedure, when it comes to publishing Mohammed cartoons.