Danish fury at apology for cartoon

A Danish newspaper apologised Friday for offending Muslims by reprinting a cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed with a bomb-shaped turban, rekindling a heated debate about the limits of freedom of speech. The Danish daily Politiken said its apology was part of a settlement with a Saudi lawyer representing eight Muslim groups in the Middle East and Australia. It drew strong criticism from the Danish media, which had stood united in rejecting calls to apologise for 12 cartoons that sparked fierce protests in the Muslim world four years ago. Lars Loekke Rasmussen, the Prime Minister, expressed surprise at Politiken’s move, saying he was worried that Danish media were no longer “standing shoulder to shoulder” on the issue. Politiken said it did not mean to offend Muslims in Denmark or elsewhere when it reprinted one of the most controversial cartoons, showing Mohamed wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse. Islamic law opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favourable, for fear it could lead to idolatry. Tøger Seidenfaden, Politiken’s editor-in-chief, said that the paper was apologising for the offence caused by the cartoon – not the decision to reprint it

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/danish-fury-at-apology-for-cartoon-1912356.html

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