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Danish Paper apologises for Mohammed cartoons
From The Copenhagen Post
Danish newspaper enters deal with organisations and offers apology for offending them with images of the Prophet Mohammed. Politiken newspaper, one of 11 Danish newspapers that reprinted the Mohammed cartoons, has issued an apology to eight Muslim organisations for offending them in exchange for dropping future legal action against the newspaper.
The settlement reached between the paper and the organisations does not, however, apologise for the printing of the cartoons, nor prevent the paper from reprinting them in the future.The apology stated that it was ‘never Politiken’s intention to offend Muslims in Denmark or elsewhere ... we apologise to anyone who was offended by our decision to reprint the cartoon drawing’.
The eight organisations who reached the agreement are based in Egypt, Libya, Qatar, Australia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Palestine. Together they represent 94,923 descendants of the Prophet Mohammed.
In August last year, the groups’ Saudi lawyer, Faisal Yamani, requested that Politiken and 10 other newspapers remove the images from their websites and issue apologies along with a promise that the images, or similar ones, will never be printed again.But the move has been derided by other newspapers, as well as by cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and leading politicians.
Other newspapers who reprinted the cartoon, including Berlingske Tidende, Kristeligt Dagblad and the original publisher Jyllands-Posten, refused to enter into the same agreement with the organisations. Jyllands-Posten editor, Jørn Mikkelsen, called it a ‘sad day for Danish media, for freedom of speech and for Politiken’.