Friday, December 30, 2005

Denmark cartoon rows keeps going.

EU: The Arab league is upset that the Danish government and European human rights organization haven't taken action against Jyllands-Posten. What is amazing to me, all these press and reporter groups haven't taken up defending the paper more. You would think Poynter and Editor and Publisher would have something to say.

Arab foreign ministers have condemned the Danish government for failing to act against a newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. At the Arab League conference in Cairo, they said they were "surprised and discontented at the response". Islam forbids any depiction of Muhammad or of Allah. The Jyllands-Posten newspaper published a series of 12 cartoons showing Muhammad, in one of which he appeared to have a bomb in his turban. The Arab League's ministers council said the cartoons were an insult to Islam. The government's response "was disappointing despite its political, economic and cultural ties with the Muslim world", it added. Death threats Danish Muslim community leaders held talks with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen in July to complain about press coverage of Islam. At the time, Mr Rasmussen said he could not tell newspapers what to print - or what not to. Arab ministers also said they were unhappy that European human rights organisations have not taken a clear position on the issue.

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