Jyllands-Posten: “Sorry you were offended”
Carsten Juste, editor of Jyllands-Posten, makes a largely symbolic effort to calm the growing toon rage of Islamic zealots:
On 30 September last year, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten published 12 different cartoonists’ idea of what the Prophet Mohammed might have looked like. The initiative was taken as part of an ongoing public debate on freedom of expression, a freedom much cherished in Denmark.
In our opinion, the 12 drawings were sober. They were not intended to be offensive, nor were they at variance with Danish law, but they have indisputably offended many Muslims for which we apologize.
Yeah, that should do it, Carsten.
These newspapers have printed extremely offensive caricatures of the beloved Prophet of Islam and this case, worryingly, reflects the emergence of an increasingly xenophobic tone being adopted towards Muslims in parts of the Western media. Newspaper editors must exercise due care and restraint when dealing with issues like this.
To their credit, they do add that they regard violent threats against Danish and EU citizens as “completely unacceptable”.