reach a new level of notoriety

Blue Apple

Senior Member
Persian (Iran)
Does the bold sentence imply:

1. In 2006, cartoons lost their fame more than past

or

2. In 2006, cartoons became more famous, however in a bad manner?

Context:
In 2006, cartoons reached a new level of notoriety. When editorial cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005, Danish Muslim organizations staged protests. The controversy grew to global proportions in 2006, with news of their publication spreading across the world, and the cartoons were reprinted in more then fifty countries. Violent protests resulted in hundreds of deaths. The debate centres on whether the cartoons should not have been published because they are culturally insensitive and humiliating or whether the Danish newspaper and others were exercising the right of free speech in printing them.
Cartoons form part of the history of war art. In Britain, the three-month Falklands War in 1982 provided a rich theme in the pre-Internet era. Many cartoons notably captured the controversial and jingoistic aspects of the conflict (Art and War by Laura Brandon).
 
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