Danish media angered over apology for Mohammed cartoon series
In Copenhagen, Denmark , strong criticism has rained down on the Danish newspaper Politiken for its apology on Friday for a prior series of 12 cartoons - created by Kurt Westergaard in 2006 - disrespectfully depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed. In the cartoons, the prophet wore a turban shaped like a bomb.
A heated debate about the limits and duties of free press and speech ensued.
Danish daily Politiken made the apology as part of a settlement with attorneys representing 8 separate Muslim groups.
The Danish Media had stood firm and united in its refusal to apologize, and Friday's apology has angered many liberals, who believe freedom of speech and press makes an apology unnecessary and perhaps even dangerous.
Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen expressed surprise at Politiken's move, saying he was worried that Danish media no longer were "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 Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry.
Politiken was among several Danish newspapers that reprinted the cartoon in 2008 after police uncovered an alleged plot to kill its creator, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
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