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Danish paper criticized for issuing apology

The Daily Plitiken printed an apology for running the Mohammad cartoon along with other Danish papers in a show of solidarity after the New Year murder attempt on cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. But not all are happy with the apology for reasons you might not expect.

Politiken said that it was apologising for the offence caused and not for the decision to publish, in an attempt to reduce tensions with the Muslim world.

Westergaard and Jyllands-Posten, which first printed the cartoon, have expressed outrage at Politiken?s move.

“Politiken?s pathetic prostrating before a Saudi lawyer takes the first prize in stupidity. It is a sad day for Danish media, it is sad for freedom of expression and it is sad for Politiken,” The Times quoted Jørn Mikkelsen, the editor-in-chief of Jyllands-Posten, as saying.

Westergaard, 74, who has round-the-clock security, added: “I fear this is a setback for the freedom of speech.”

Community Comments

#1 Mark T. Tillar
March/2/2010
@ 12:55 am

The Daily Plitiken has capitulated to tyranny. The Western Democracies must rebuke Muslims who want to control the world. The saudi wahhabi stated goal is conversion. The UN resolutions against defamation of religion is another tatic to suppress the West. Muslims will work to have Western Democracies subvert their own values in Chamlerlian ‘peace in our time’ denials.

“A letter from the Home Secretary?s office to Wilders, delivered via the British embassy in the Hague, said:
…the Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK.”

The once Great Britian now is dening people the right to a screening of Fitna, George Orwell knew the character of post wwii british politicians, professors, unions.

#2 Mike Peterson
March/2/2010
@ 6:14 am

Free speech includes the right to admit that you made a mistake and offended a whole lot of people you didn’t intend to.

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