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2006-02-19

Several Saudi newspapers feature an apology from Jyllands-Posten: Danish editor apologizes for cartoons.

The apologies were dated Feb. 5, but an advertising spokesman at al-Riyadh told Reuters it may have taken time for the papers to approve the announcement. From the apology:

It is extremely important to point out that the aim behind these cartoons was not to attack the Prophet at all or devalue him, but as an opening to dialogue on freedom of expression," the Danish editor said in his apology. "We did not realize at the time how sensitive this issue was for Muslims in Denmark or millions of Muslims around the world.


The only problem is that the apologies are not posted by Jyllands-Posten. Private enterprises have - without Jyllands-Posten's knowledge or cooperation - run these advertisements, which are identical in content to the apology that for a long time has been posted on Jyllands-Posten's home page (Arabic PDF-file).

In a weird way it makes sense. First the imams produce their fake Mohammed cartoons - and then somebody else issues a fake apology.

Comments:
I think that the headline here is not appropriate. The 'apology' printed is the original open letter from Jyllands Posten in arabic as can be read on the papers website (www.jp.dk). The only thing 'fake' is that it was not Jyllands Posten who initiated the papers to print the 'apology'
 
You are right, of course. ;-)
 
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