Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Editor of Danish Newspaper Panders to Iranians and Muslims

According to the Guardian, the editor of the Danish newspaper which printed the cartoons about which Muslims worldwide have been so upset and out of control, is apparently trying to get in touch with the Iranian newspaper which is running the Holocaust cartoon contest.

He says he wants to print the Holocaust cartoons the same day the Iranian paper does.

Now I think this guy has lost his marbles. In order to placate the Iranians he is going to run a bunch of antisemitic cartoons?

The Muslim cartoons were trying to make a point about suicide bombing in the name of the Prophet. What point will running the Holocaust cartoons make? That it's ok to insult Muslims if you also insult Jews?

If there were a specific incident involving Jews and/or Israel [which in his mind is probably one and the same] and he ran a cartoon which was offensive but made a point, I would probably be angry but I would understand the context.

But now there is no context. This is just pandering. The guy is probably trying to save the Danish economy ... and his own skin.

6 comments:

Uriah Robinson said...

I wonder what King Christian X would have said about a Danish newspaper publishing cartoons about the Holocaust. He rejected the Nazis anti-Jewish legislation in 1942, and helped save the vast majority of Danish Jews from the Gestapo.
Islam seems to have become the schoolyard bully, and trying to placate a bully only encourages them.

Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

I hate to disagree with someone I respect as highly as I do you, but in this case you are simply wrong. The editor has CONSISTENTLY said that his point was to protest against self-censorship in the wake of Muslim pressure. (Some, not all, of the CARTOONISTS "were trying to make a point about suicide bombing in the name of the Prophet.")

He has also said, as have most commentators, that, in the West, 'everything is fair game.' At the same time, he has received considerable flak over having previously refused to run an anti-Christian (or anti-Christ, I'm not sure) cartoon.

Given this, and given the fact that the cartoons are certain to be widely available on the web, I think he has no choice but to run them. (And I'll probably look at them, even though I may have to take an anti-nausea pill first.)

If he doesn't, think of the message this will send to Muslims. That it is okay to 'insult' their prophet, but it isn't okay to run cartoons 'insulting' Jews -- this to a group that has many members SINCERELY though misguidedly believing the canard about Jews 'controlling' Western media.

I'm sorry, I regret the cartoons being published -- though they won't be worse than the daily fare in many Arab newspapers, but I can't see criticizing the editor for running them -- though maybe for his haste in doing so.

Prup (aka Jim Benton)

Albrecht said...

See the current report of the Guardian:

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Danish paper U-turns on Holocaust cartoons

Gwladys Fouché
Thursday February 9, 2006


Jyllands-Posten, the Danish daily that published the controversial Muhammad drawings, has made a dramatic U-turn on comments an executive made about using Holocaust caricatures.

The paper said it would under no circumstances publish the Holocaust cartoons that an Iranian newspaper, Hamshari, is planning to commission.

This U-turn comes after Jyllands-Posten's culture editor, Flemming Rose, yesterday told CNN that his paper was trying to get in touch with an Iranian paper with a view to running the Holocaust cartoons. Today, Jyllands-Posten said: "This information is based on an over-interpretation of a statement made by culture editor Flemming Rose.

"Jyllands-Posten in no circumstances will publish Holocaust cartoons from an Iranian newspaper," the paper said, in a statement posted on its website.

Mr Rose was quoted yesterday by CNN as saying: "My newspaper is trying to establish a contact with the Iranian newspaper, and we would run the cartoons the same day as they publish them."

Meanwhile, Jyllands-Posten has reiterated its apologies to Muslims for causing offence by publishing the original 12 cartoons, in a letter to the Algerian press. The letter was distributed via the Danish embassy in Algiers.

"We apologise for the great misunderstanding generated by the publication of the caricatures that showed the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and created aggressive feelings towards Denmark and calls for boycotts against Danish goods," the paper said.

"These caricatures have clearly offended millions of Muslims around the world and it is for these reasons that we are apologising and offering our deepest regrets for what has happened, which was not our intention."
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoonprotests/story/0,,1706376,00.html

Albrecht said...

See the current report of the Guardian:

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Danish paper U-turns on Holocaust cartoons

Gwladys Fouché
Thursday February 9, 2006


Jyllands-Posten, the Danish daily that published the controversial Muhammad drawings, has made a dramatic U-turn on comments an executive made about using Holocaust caricatures.

The paper said it would under no circumstances publish the Holocaust cartoons that an Iranian newspaper, Hamshari, is planning to commission.

This U-turn comes after Jyllands-Posten's culture editor, Flemming Rose, yesterday told CNN that his paper was trying to get in touch with an Iranian paper with a view to running the Holocaust cartoons. Today, Jyllands-Posten said: "This information is based on an over-interpretation of a statement made by culture editor Flemming Rose.

"Jyllands-Posten in no circumstances will publish Holocaust cartoons from an Iranian newspaper," the paper said, in a statement posted on its website.

Mr Rose was quoted yesterday by CNN as saying: "My newspaper is trying to establish a contact with the Iranian newspaper, and we would run the cartoons the same day as they publish them."

Meanwhile, Jyllands-Posten has reiterated its apologies to Muslims for causing offence by publishing the original 12 cartoons, in a letter to the Algerian press. The letter was distributed via the Danish embassy in Algiers.

"We apologise for the great misunderstanding generated by the publication of the caricatures that showed the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and created aggressive feelings towards Denmark and calls for boycotts against Danish goods," the paper said.

"These caricatures have clearly offended millions of Muslims around the world and it is for these reasons that we are apologising and offering our deepest regrets for what has happened, which was not our intention."
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoonprotests/story/0,,1706376,00.html

Albrecht said...

See the current report of the Guardian:

===========================================================================
Danish paper U-turns on Holocaust cartoons

Gwladys Fouché
Thursday February 9, 2006


Jyllands-Posten, the Danish daily that published the controversial Muhammad drawings, has made a dramatic U-turn on comments an executive made about using Holocaust caricatures.

The paper said it would under no circumstances publish the Holocaust cartoons that an Iranian newspaper, Hamshari, is planning to commission.

This U-turn comes after Jyllands-Posten's culture editor, Flemming Rose, yesterday told CNN that his paper was trying to get in touch with an Iranian paper with a view to running the Holocaust cartoons. Today, Jyllands-Posten said: "This information is based on an over-interpretation of a statement made by culture editor Flemming Rose.

"Jyllands-Posten in no circumstances will publish Holocaust cartoons from an Iranian newspaper," the paper said, in a statement posted on its website.

Mr Rose was quoted yesterday by CNN as saying: "My newspaper is trying to establish a contact with the Iranian newspaper, and we would run the cartoons the same day as they publish them."

Meanwhile, Jyllands-Posten has reiterated its apologies to Muslims for causing offence by publishing the original 12 cartoons, in a letter to the Algerian press. The letter was distributed via the Danish embassy in Algiers.

"We apologise for the great misunderstanding generated by the publication of the caricatures that showed the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and created aggressive feelings towards Denmark and calls for boycotts against Danish goods," the paper said.

"These caricatures have clearly offended millions of Muslims around the world and it is for these reasons that we are apologising and offering our deepest regrets for what has happened, which was not our intention."
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoonprotests/story/0,,1706376,00.html

Albrecht said...

And there is more ...

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Cartoon editor placed 'on leave'

Copenhagen (dpa) - The Danish newspaper at the centre of the Mohammed caricature row sent its cultural editor Flemming Rose on an extended enforced leave of absence Thursday.

The Jyllands Posten was reacting to Rose's plan from Tuesday to publish caricatures of Jesus as well as caricatures of the Holocaust planned by Iran.

The editorial board had denied that it planned to publish the caricatures in the newspaper.

The board said the decision to send Rose on enforced leave was due to the amount of pressure the chief editor of the newspaper's cultural section had been under in recent weeks.

Rose initiated the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed at the end of September.

He defended the caricatures, which led to protests worldwide by Muslims, as an attempt to test what he said was the increasing tendency towards self-censorship in the media with regard to Islam.
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http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=78584