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Danish Paper Agrees to Apologize for Muhammed Cartoons

By Martin Laine     Feb 26, 2010 in Politics
A Danish newspaper has apologized to eight Muslim organizations for offending them by publishing images of the Prophet Muhammed in return for protection from future lawsuits. This decision is drawing criticism from other papers.
The controversial drawings were originally published by another paper in 2005, and drew outrage from the Muslim world. When a murder plot against the cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard was uncovered in 2008, Politiken and 10 other Danish papers reprinted the cartoon in a show of solidarity.
At the time, Politiken editorialized that Westergaard and his paper “deserved unconditional solidarity when threatened with terror.”
The paper has not commented on the reasons for its about face.
The eight organizations representing some 93,000 descendants of the Prophet Muhammed had been demanding an apology and a promise not to reprint the drawings or other similar material in the future from the Danish papers.
Jorn Mikkelsen, editor of Jyllands-Posten, the paper that originally published the drawings, called it “a sad day for Danish media, for freedom of speech, and for Politiken.”
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