Copenhagen: Danish daily Politiken on Friday
apologised to Muslims for possibly offending them by
reproducing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2008, but said
it did not regret publishing the drawings.
Politiken is the first Danish newspaper to formally
apologise to those who may have felt offended by the
publication of the cartoons.
It published today an agreement reached with eight
organisations from as many countries representing 94,923
descendants of the Muslim prophet.
In the agreement Politiken said it regretted if it had
insulted Muslims` faith, but that it did not regret publishing
the drawings and that it did not renounce the right to publish
the controversial drawings again.
Politiken`s apologies were condemned by the Danish
political class, who said the paper was caving in to pressure
and had sacrificed freedom of expression, which is considered
a cornerstone of Danish democracy.
Danish daily Jyllands-Posten first published 12
caricatures of Mohammed in September 2005.
The cartoons, including one featuring the prophet wearing
a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse, angered many
Muslims worldwide and sparked angry and in some cases deadly
protests in January and February 2006.