The Telegraph reported today that Politiken, a Danish newspaper that printed a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in 2008, has apologized for offending Muslims.
The paper's editor has stated, "We have the right to print Kurt Westergaard's drawings, we have the right to print the original 12 drawings, we have the right to print all the caricatures in the world," he said. "We apologise for the offence which the reprint has caused. That is what we apologise for."
Not surprisingly, Politiken's apology has attracted both negative and positive reactions.
According to the editor-in-chief at Jyllands-Posten, which first printed the 12 cartoons, the apology "takes the first prize in stupidity." Another critic, Mr. Westergaard, stated, "I fear this is a setback for the freedom of speech."
On the other hand, Muslim leaders in the country are thankful for the apology. One imam stated, "It is beyond any doubt that they have offended some people. It is a nice and human gesture that the newspaper apologises."
You can read the full report here.
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